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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Toilet-roll fire among odd call-outs

DRUNKEN teenagers stuck on the top of Luas shelters, heads being caught in railings and attempts to dry wet toilet rolls that went badly wrong are among the thousands of incidents dealt with by fire services every year.

The Department of the Environment says fire brigades deal with some 56,000 incidents a year, of which just 35,000 are fire related.

Some 8,500 "miscellaneous" incidents are attended to every year. They include people having to be released from confined spaces, including railings and rubbish bins.

In one case, a drunk girl climbed on to the top of a Luas shelter and had to be helped down, while one hapless householder caused a kitchen fire after trying to dry a toilet roll in a microwave.

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