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Monday 22 September 2014

'No trouble' with water supply during last week's Bray blaze

Published 26/07/2014 | 00:00

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Fire-fighters tackling the blaze on Castle Street in Bray last Tuesday.

Cllr. John Brady has been told that the Fire Services had no trouble with water pressure when tackling last week's blaze in Bray.

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A number of business premises and an apartment were damaged in the fire which broke out on Castle Street on Tuesday afternoon.

Cllr. Brady said concerns had been raised over a lack of water pressure in the area which could have hindered the efforts of fire fighters to contain the blaze.

'Serious concerns have been expressed that there were serious difficulties with water pressure, which may have allowed the fire to spread and grow.'

Lorraine Gallagher, Senior Executive Officer, Enterprise and Corporate Services, read out a letter replying to Cllr. Brady's queries.

One of the pumps used to fight the fire was receiving a supply of 750 litres of water per minute, while a second pump was receiving 200 litres per minute.

According to the statement, 'three separate fire hydrants were connected to the mains, ensuring a maximum supply.'

A water tanker from Greystones was also used as back up to the main supply, as is standard for a large fire.

The statement concluded, 'at no time was the water supply considered inadequate for the circumstances.'

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