'We had to climb out the window to escape, it was terrifying' - Eight people rescued from burning building in Dublin
A number of people had to be rescued this morning after a fire broke out in a building on Dublin's Mountjoy Square.
There were scenes of panic when fire gripped the four storey over basement property at around 7.15am.
Five units of Dublin Fire Brigade raced to the scene as smoke billowed from the house.
Eight people were trapped upstairs as the flames took hold in a ground floor room.
Witnesses told Independent.ie that fire crews using a turntable ladder rescued people from the top floor, while more emergency workers took people from a first floor window using extendable ladders.
A number of people were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.
Crews with breathing apparatus searched the entire building to make sure there was nobody left in it.
One couple who escaped the flames told of how the drama unfolded.
"We heard an alarm going off at around 7.15, but then somebody turned it off so we assumed it went off accidentally and went back to bed. But then a short time later we heard people screaming there was a fire," said Romanian national Boziahu Vasile Viorel, who has been renting in the house for a week.
"We went to leave our flat and when we opened the door it was on fire on the other side. There was flames everywhere," said his partner Harah Alexahdra (25).
"We had to go back into the flat and climb out the window to escape, it was terrifying," she added.
Mountjoy Square is currently closed off and motorists and pedestrians are being advised to avoid the area.
Traffic is in gridlock and tailbacks are expected to continue during rush hour traffic.