Friday 18 April 2014

Woman hospitalised after daring rescue from building blaze

A woman has been taken to hospital after she was rescued from a burning building in Limerick City.

The fire broke out at a vacant building on Broad Street shortly after one o'clock this afternoon.

According to eyewitnesses at least one other man was given oxygen on a footpath outside the building.

A woman who was found semi-unconscious having suffered the effects of smoke inhalation, was rescued by a fire officer from an upstairs room.

She was removed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick. Her age and condition is unknown.

Three units of Limerick City Fire and Rescue Service, and a fire tender from Shannanon, Co Clare, attended the scene.

The fire has now been brought under control.

A male eye witness said he saw plumes of black smoke exiting the street-side upstairs windows of the two-storey building and heard screams.

"There was one man receiving oxygen on the footpath outside the building," the man said.

"There were people screaming. I don't know who they were."

The building, which used to be run as a rugby-themed pub The Tri Line is now vacant.

As our pictures show extensive smoke damage was caused to the building. The downstairs section was seriously damaged in the blaze.

Gardai have closed the street while an investigation into the cause of the blaze is investigated.

A Garda Scenes of Crime unit is currently photographing the building during the course of a detailed forensic examination.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Henry Street gardaí on 061-212400.

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