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Diners forced to evacuate after fire outbreak

Dozens of restaurant diners, pub customers and staff had to be evacuated when a fire broke out at a vacant unit in a row of commercial businesses in Stillorgan in south Dublin on Friday night.

Three firefighters suffered minor burn injuries as they checked an apartment above the vacant Chartbusters shop in the row of premises on Lower Kilmacud Road at around 9.30pm.

Customers and staff in the adjoining Gotham City South, the Indian Summer restaurant and the Mill House pub were cleared from the premises as fire tenders -- supported by water tankers from Dublin City and Dun Laoghaire fire stations -- arrived.

Jackie Keating, owner of the Gotham City South said: "The smoke alarm went off, but the chefs couldn't see any fire. It was only as people left that they saw the fire was next door." Billy Sheehan, manager of the Mill House, said: "We heard there was a fire and then all the fire engines and tankers came. We evacuated the place but it was very orderly."

Structural engineers were examining the buildings yesterday. The blaze gutted the vacant premises, which also formerly housed a tanning shop.

Sunday Independent