Sunday 30 April 2017

Woman in serious condition and four firefighters hospitalised following apartment fire

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Denise Calnan and Chai Brady

A woman in her twenties is in a serious condition following a fire at an apartment complex in Waterford city.

The alarm was raised at approximately 11pm and both gardaí and firefighters attended the scene on Wellington Street in the city centre. 

The woman was brought to Waterford University Hospital where gardaí confirmed she is in a "serious condition".

Four firefighters were also brought to hospital as a precaution and treated for smoke inhalation.

Three of the crew left hospital last night and one stayed until this morning.

The crews used breathing apparatus to enter the building and rescued the woman who was in a ground floor apartment. She was handed over the ambulance service while the fire brigade extinguished the fire by 1.30am.

"The conditions for the firefighters at the incident were difficult, it was an extremely hot fire," said Chief Fire Officer Niall Curtin, adding there was a "great urgency" to rescue any occupants.

He continud; "Waterford Fire Service received a call at 11.05pm on Sunday night for a fire in an apartment building on Wellington Street with possible persons reported. Two crews were mobilised to the building which was being evacuated on arrival."

The scene has been preserved by gardaí.

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