Wednesday 11 December 2019

Apartment block evacuated and cars destroyed after early morning blaze

Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

An apartment block in south Dublin had to be evacuated early this morning after a blaze broke out in the underground car park.

Five units of Dublin Fire Brigade fought the blaze after a number of cars caught fire.

Fire Brigade arrives outside Abbey Glen apartments.
Fire Brigade arrives outside Abbey Glen apartments.
Fire Brigade arrives outside Abbey Glen apartments.
Smoke rises from the underground car park at Abbey Glen apartments.
Two of the cars destroyed by the fire at Abbey Glen apartments.
The scene this morning

The incident happened at the Abbey Glen apartments on Pottery Road, Kill O Grange.

The first call to emergency services was made at 5.42am when one car was reported to be on fire, but it is understood the fire spread in the confined car park and a number of cars were destroyed.

Fire crews using breathing apparatus tackled the flames and toxic smoke using specialist techniques deployed specifically for underground fires, which can be very dangerous to emergency crews.

There were reports that the heat generated by the flames have caused structural damage to the car park under the apartments.

The fire brigade requested crews from ESB Networks and Bord Gais to attend to ensure utility supplies were safe, and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council were also requested to sent staff from its dangerous buildings section to assess the apartments.

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