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Friday 22 September 2017

'We had to climb out the window to escape, it was terrifying' - Eight people rescued from burning building in Dublin

Harah Alexahdra and Boziahu Vasile Viorel had only been renting their apartment for a week Photo: Gerry Mooney
Harah Alexahdra and Boziahu Vasile Viorel had only been renting their apartment for a week Photo: Gerry Mooney
People rescued from the building are being treated for smoke inhalation
Scene of the fire on Mountjoy Square. Pic: Gerry Mooney
Scene of the fire on Mountjoy Square. Pic: Gerry Mooney
Scene of the fire on Mountjoy Square. Pic: Gerry Mooney
Scene of the fire on Mountjoy Square. Pic: Gerry Mooney
Scene of the fire on Mountjoy Square. Pic: Gerry Mooney
Scene of the fire on Mountjoy Square. Pic: Gerry Mooney
Scene of the fire on Mountjoy Square. Pic: Gerry Mooney
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

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.

Scene of the fire on Mountjoy Square. Pic: Gerry Mooney
Scene of the fire on Mountjoy Square. Pic: Gerry Mooney

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.

Firefighters battling the blaze in Dublin
Firefighters battling the blaze in Dublin

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.

Scene of the fire on Mountjoy Square. Pic: Gerry Mooney
Scene of the fire on Mountjoy Square. Pic: Gerry Mooney

"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).

Scene of the fire on Mountjoy Square. Pic: Gerry Mooney
Scene of the fire on Mountjoy Square. Pic: Gerry Mooney

"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.

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