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Sunday 25 February 2018

Firefighters forced to put out three separate blazes at one flat complex

Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Dublin Fire Brigade was forced to respond to an inner-city flat complex three times yesterday and firefighters were pelted with stones while they attended a bonfire.

A stockpile of bonfire material was set alight at around 6pm next to Basin Street flats, causing damage to overhead Luas lines.

Four units of the fire brigade responded to the scene and were pelted with stones while putting out the blaze.

However, when the fire was put out and the emergency services left the scene, the youths began to replenish the stockpile with wooden pallets and then set a second fire.

A spokesman for Dublin Fire Brigade said that a unit was sent to the flat complex a third time when youths began setting bins alight.

The fire brigade is braced for a frantic weekend with Halloween falling tomorrow. "Unfortunately it's just that time of the year," said the spokesman. He added that having stones thrown at them was a common occurrence.

Red line Luas services weresuspended for a time between Heuston and the Blackhorse stop.

Irish Independent

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