Sunday 25 February 2018

'Heroic' gardai rescue man trapped in burning house by using nearby ladder

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Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

Gardai who rescued a man trapped in a house fire in the early hours of Friday morning have been praised for their "heroic" act.

The incident occurred at 2:45am at a house in Upper Bree, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan.

The fire was alerted to gardai by a neighbour who heard shouting during the night and opened her window to see "smoke billowing" from the home next door and a man shouting for help from an upstairs room, superintendent Alan Cunningham of Castleblayney Garda Station told

Two gardai attended the scene to find the man, who is in his 40s, trapped upstairs.

They searched surrounding houses to locate a ladder and used it to reach up to the man. However, the ladder was "not high enough" and one garda had to stand at the bottom to support the ladder while the other reached up to assist the trapped man in coming down.

"It was a very heroic, brave act," said supt. Cunningham.

"The two men improvised and put their own lives at great risk to save a life."

The man was attended to at the scene by paramedics for smoke inhalation but refused to go to the hospital.

Supt. Cunningham said that the fire began downstairs but the cause hasn't yet been confirmed.

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