ALERT members of the gardaí prevented a tragic loss of life by safely evacuating three men from a burning house in Killorglin last week.
Three buildings on Langford Street were gutted by a large blaze which broke out in the early hours of Thursday morning last, April 25, and threatened to spread to more buildings in the area until contained by fire service personnel.
However, considerablr damage was caused to 'The Movie Store' video shop, 'Cutz' hairdressers and to a house.
A garda spokesperson told The Kerryman that the fire was discovered by gardaí attached to nearby Killorglin Garda Station.
"At approximately 4am, a fire was discovered by gardaí. 45 and 46 Langford Street were ablaze. Gardaí forced entry into 45 Langford Street where three male occupants were alerted to the fire. All safely exited the building" said Garda Sean MacSeoin. Gardaí MacSeoin said investigations into the cause were ongoing.
"House to house enquiries continue to be carried out. Viewing of CCTV in the vicinity and interviewing of witnesses is also ongoing. Gardaí are keeping an open mind as to the cause of the fire at this point of the investigation," he said.
Fire Service Personnel from Killorglin were first on the scene shortly after the alarm was raised at 4am. According to Shay Maher, Sub-Station Officer, the fire had reached significant proportions by the time they arrived and was threatening other nearby buildings.
He said units from Killarney and Tralee aided in quelling the blaze.
"When we arrived the fire was going well. The flames spreading through the small house, up its roof by the time we were called," he explained.
"We had the fire under control within about an hour and a half but there were a lot of small pockets that needed digging out. We had to stop the fire getting from one of the buildings to the other buildings on Langford Street to its left," the fire officer added.
"The house was completely gutted and the video shop and hairdressers were very badly damaged."