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Thursday 14 December 2017

Families have no idea when they can go home to fire-gutted apartments

Lisa Gibbons and Natalie Lawrence in the fire-damaged Thornfield Square in Clondalkin
Lisa Gibbons and Natalie Lawrence in the fire-damaged Thornfield Square in Clondalkin

Sam Griffin

RESIDENTS of a fire-gutted apartment complex who had to drop children from first-floor windows to safety don't know when they will be able to return to their homes.

Up to 30 people have been allowed back to their apartments in Thornfield Square, Clondalkin, Dublin, after a fire broke out on the first floor of the four-storey building around 5.30am on Tuesday morning.

However, around 22 other families are unhappy that they will be transferred to their third different temporary accommodation on Sunday after spending two nights in the Ibis Hotel in Clondalkin, before they were transferred to Bewley's Hotel in Leopardstown yesterday morning.

On Sunday, they will be moved again – this time to the Bewley's Hotel in Clondalkin.

MONTHS

"We haven't been told how long we're going to be here. Some people are saying a month, some people are saying six months," said resident Lisa Gibbons.

The residents are also unhappy that they have not been offered any free meals since arriving in the Leopardstown Hotel.

Mother-of-two Natalie Lawrence (30) had to drop her children, Kyle (7) and Chloe (4), from the first-floor down to neighbours to escape the blaze.

"We don't get breakfast or any of our meals here. We have to pay for all that ourselves so we've been living out of chippers and that kind of thing," she said.

Jim O'Connor, of O'Connor Property Management, said the displaced residents would be in temporary accommodation for "the foreseeable future" but added special food prices had been agreed with the Bewley's Hotel in Leopardstown.

Gardai are continuing to investigate the fire.

Irish Independent

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