Friday 23 February 2018

Firefighter hurt tackling terrace blaze

Patricia McDonagh

A FIREFIGHTER was taken to hospital after attempting to tackle a blaze that ripped through a row of houses yesterday afternoon.

None of the residents were injured in the fire, which broke out at Cremorne in Terenure, Dublin, shortly after 3.30pm.

"I heard crackling and I came out to see what was happening," David Sheehan, a resident, said.

"That is when I saw plumes of smoke."

Five fire engines and a water tanker were dispatched to fight the fire.

The operation involved 25 firefighters in total, with one suffering a serious scald to his hand.

The houses are near a church and a boy's primary school.

The row consisted of eight houses, with six extensively damaged by the blaze.

It is understood it began in the attic of the fifth house and then quickly spread to engulf the other houses on the terrace.

"There are eight houses in total and number five, six and seven had flames coming out of the attic," said fire officer Gerry Stanley.

"It then quickly spread through the whole terrace.

"Floors have collapsed in numbers five, six and seven. We have dampened the area down and we hope to do a search as soon as possible."

All residents were evacuated soon after the fire began and gardai confirmed last night that nobody had been injured. Three people were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

Daniel Barrington, who lives in a rented house nearby, said he realised something had happened when he got a smell of smoke. "I smelt smoke and I heard popping."

The incident led to serious delays to traffic in the vicinity of Terenure village. Terenure Road East was closed both ways while diversions were in place via Orwell Road and Rathgar Road.

Irish Independent

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