'This is a terrible tragedy and we are heartbroken'
Devastated friends and neighbours stunned after women's refuge apartment fire, writes Wayne O'Connor
As a garda emerged from Annemarie O'Brien's apartment in Clondalkin last Wednesday morning, those waiting outside got their first glimpse of the devastation inside.
Black marks on her chin and the side of her head showed it was still impossible to escape the carnage beyond Annemarie's front door. Unwittingly, the garda had brought part of the inferno with her, she was marked with ash.
Burned chemicals stained the air for hours afterwards as the wind blew up the canal behind the apartment complex, through open windows and out the other side. A tragic stench of molten plastic and smelted plaster.