Irish rockers to be given heroes' welcome after saving lives in US blaze
An Irish rock band who saved more than a dozen people from a raging inferno are to be given a heroes' welcome when they fly back to Dublin from the US tomorrow.
Family, friends and fans of Dissension Rising plan to "love-bomb" the heavy metal band, from counties Kildare and Longford, when they arrive back at Dublin Airport from their six-week tour of the US.
The four-member band, their manager and driver, were hailed as heroes after they saved two families, including an eight-month-old baby and three children under the age of five, when they realised the house they were staying in during a stint in Atlantic City, New Jersey, was on fire.
Singer Danni Carroll (18), lead guitarist Keith Garrett (21), drummer Kian Johnston (17), rhythm guitarist Rob Higgins (20), manager Dorothea Carroll (57) and driver and 'roadie' Justin Carroll (42) rushed to their aid.
They were awoken by a smoke detector around 5am on May 14 and raised the alarm. But the wood frame house was in flames within minutes and it was only now they realised how close they came to tragedy, said Mr Carroll.
"It didn't really sink in until the fire brigade said they were heroes, that 10 minutes later everyone would be dead," he said. "That was quite a sobering thought."
The band, who was sleeping on the first floor of the three-storey house, got their host family out as flames engulfed the house. But it wasn't until they were outside and heard screams that they realised another family was inside the basement apartment. They managed to get everyone out but the house was destroyed.