Thursday 21 November 2019

Thousands of euro worth of damage caused after fire started on grounds of national school

Wall insulation which was set on fire beside building works at Ladyswell national school Mulhuddart. Picture: Frank McGrath
Wall insulation which was set on fire beside building works at Ladyswell national school Mulhuddart. Picture: Frank McGrath
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A fire started in the grounds of a west Dublin school caused thousands of Euro worth of damage in the run up to Halloween tonight.

The blaze, at the site of Ladyswell National School in Mulhuddart, destroyed two bales of insulation as well as damage to scaffolding erected where part of a new school is being built.

Dublin Fire Brigade sent two units from Blanchardstown and Phibsboro stations where they found a stockpile of pallets for a bonfire in flames.

The fire brigade have been dealing with an increase in these types of fires in recent days as youths gather material for illegal bonfires.

Earlier this week a similar fire near Harolds Cross resulted in road closures while the blaze was being fought.

Part of a building had to be demolished after the blaze to make the scene safe after that fire.

Wall insulation which was set on fire beside building works at Ladyswell national school Mulhuddart.Picture:Frank McGrath
Wall insulation which was set on fire beside building works at Ladyswell national school Mulhuddart.Picture:Frank McGrath

Last night Dublin Fire Brigade said that from midnight on Tuesday night they had been called to 43 bonfires in the Dublin area. Some of them were flaming stockpiles while others were pre-Halloween bonfires, they said.

Video footage of the fire shows flames leaping high into the air during the blaze.

Last night's fire was started adjacent to prefabs of the school but was thankfully quickly brought under control by the fire brigade.

"We haven't had any trouble at the site before, only this week when the mid-term started," said one construction worker.

"The site is sealed and locked at night, but they somehow got in and started the fire - there's a couple of thousand euro worth of damage," he added.

Local councillor Paul Donnelly urged people to report stockpiled bonfire material.

"It's important to report it so that it doesn't become a hazard. Report it to the council or Gardaí. And don't put stuff out for bonfires," told Independent.ie.

"I would also ask families to avoid illegal and dangerous bonfires and attend local events organised by the council instead," he added.

"I'm just relieved that no damage was caused to the new school being build. We have waited years to have the new school started to replace the old prefabs," he explained.

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