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Sunday 30 April 2017

Two injured as part of arched roof collapses in Temple Bar

Merchant’s Arch in Dublin’s Temple Bar, where part of the roof collapsed. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Merchant’s Arch in Dublin’s Temple Bar, where part of the roof collapsed. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Alan O'Keeffe and Laura Larkin

Two people were hospitalised after the roof of the Merchant's Arch entrance to Temple Bar partially collapsed.

A man and a woman were brought to hospital but their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

A wooden structure and some rubble fell on to the alley floor shortly before 7.40 last night.

Emergency services attended the scene and the injured pair were stretchered away as a precautionary measure, according to Dublin Fire Brigade.

One witness said that people in the area initially feared the noise and dust had been caused by an explosion.

"I heard a big crash and saw people running. They were very afraid," said Juliana Calaf (28), a waitress at the open-air Vivaldi Cafe near the arch.

"A lot of dust that looked like black smoke came out of the archway.

"Some guys thought it might be a bomb and were so scared," she said.

The scene was still sealed off last night.

Irish Independent

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