Sunday 15 September 2019

Garda probe into fire that destroyed landmark pub

Sad sight: Finglas’s Bottom Of The Hill pub sits gutted by the fire which took hold early yesterday morning. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Sad sight: Finglas’s Bottom Of The Hill pub sits gutted by the fire which took hold early yesterday morning. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Investigations are continuing to find the cause of a blaze that destroyed a Finglas pub.

Fire crews battled to prevent the blaze at the landmark Bottom Of The Hill bar from spreading, but the building was extensively damaged.

The blaze broke out shortly after 1am on Thursday in the pub which is situated at the end of Finglas village.

Four units of Dublin Fire Brigade from Finglas, Phibsboro, and Tara Street were at the scene all night.

The fire service only departed at 7am yesterday having fought the fire for six hours.

A metal roof on the building began to peel back because of the heat of the flames, and emergency crews removed a section of it in order to make the building safe.

A specialist turntable ladder was brought in from Tara Street fire station to fight the flames from above.

Flames could be seen rising from the popular pub's roof, and it is believed a strong breeze fanned the flames making it more difficult for the emergency crews.

The building is also occupied by a fast food takeaway at ground level on one side, and a Chinese restaurant at first floor level on the other side.

There is also a betting shop on the site.

Gardaí have preserved the scene and a technical examination was carried out to determine the cause of the fire. All aspects of the site will be examined to establish where the fire started, and whether it was in the pub itself or one of the other businesses.

Members of the Garda technical bureau spent hours at the scene yesterday gathering evidence.

There was no indication the fire was anything but an accident, but a forensic examination is part of the investigation protocol for a large blaze.

Local councillor Noeleen Reilly said it was "very sad" but "the main thing is that no one was hurt".

Irish Independent

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