Thursday 26 April 2018

Gardaí treating as suspicious fire which left family hospitalised - mother and son (8) critical

  • Gardaí investigating fire as young family are being treated in hospital
  • Mum and youngest son in critical condition
  • Appeal for information
  • Fire understood to have broken out inside front door
  • Technical examination and door-to-door enquiries carried out
The scene of the fire at Tyrone Place Flats, Inchicore. PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN
The scene of the fire at Tyrone Place Flats, Inchicore. PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN
Residents were evacuated as the emergency services attended the blaze in Inchicore. Photo: Arthur Carron
Emergency services at the scene of the fire in Inchicore, Dublin, last night. Photo: Arthur Carron
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A fire which left three young children and their mother hospitalised is being treated as suspicious by investigating gardaí, has learned.

A serious fire broke out in an apartment complex in Inchicore, Dublin, last night leaving the victims, Maggie Green (30) and her children John (13), Francis (8) and Savannah (7), in hospital.

Maggie and her youngest son are understood to be in serious condition following the fire.

The fire broke out at Tyrone Place apartment block at 11.15pm last night.

It is understood that the fire broke out inside the front door of the apartment.

Investigating gardaí could be seen today doing door-to-door enquiries in the area.

In a statement a garda spokesperson appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Maggie remains in St James Hospital and is described as being in a critical condition.

Her two boys were taken to Crumlin Children’s hospital where Francis is described as being in a critical condition.

Meanwhile, Savannah was taken to Temple Street Hospital for treatment.

Greg Bolger, a resident in the apartment complex, described how he saved one of the children by using a ladder to climb in through the back of the apartment.

"I live four doors down and I just got a knock on the door to help," Mr Bolger told the Irish Independent.

"The flat a couple of doors down was in flames and I heard all the kids were there, so I got a ladder and climbed up the back.

"I got one young fella out, he's around 13 or 14. I tried to get through the flames (to get the rest) but I couldn't."

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"The smoke was too heavy, I couldn't. They got them all out but I don't know how the kids are," he added.

Neighbour Caroline Jolley told of how she raised the alarm when the fire broke out.

"The dog started barking and wouldn't stop so my daughter looked out the back and saw black smoke, so we ran out the front and there was smoke coming out the front door of the house next door," she explained.

"Maggie Green and her three kids live there, and we could hear them shouting and screaming 'get me out', and we were shouting that there was help on the way. I called the fire brigade and fair play to them they were her in four minutes," Caroline added.

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Residents were evacuated as the emergency services attended the blaze in Inchicore. Photo: Arthur Carron

"There were blue flashes coming from the ESB box and we couldn't get in. One of the lads got a ladder and got John (13) out the back, but it was the fire crews who took out Maggie and the other two kids Francis (8) and Savannah (7)," she explained.

"Francis was just flopped in the arms of the fireman, and I could see Maggie in the ambulance, she didn't look good," said Caroline.

Dozens of locals stood outside the complex late into the night as firefighters and gardaí evacuated the building.

Four Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) water tenders, five ambulances, one area ladder and DFB advance paramedics attended the scene.

The first tender arrived at the scene two minutes and 40 seconds after the alarm was raised, according to DFB.

Investigating Gardai are seeking witnesses to this incident or to anyone who was in the vicinity of Tyrone place between 10.30pm  and 12 midnight on yesterdays date ( 18/9/17) to contact them at Kilmainham Garda Station on 01- 666 9700, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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