Friday 17 August 2018

'I jumped out the window, there was no other way' - at least three injured in Dublin building blaze

  • 'I started hearing bangs and explosions, and I said to myself 'I have to get out''
  • At least three injured in early morning building blaze
  • Gardaí directed commuter traffic during road closure
Scene of a building fire in Rathmines, Dublin this morning (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)
Scene of a building fire in Rathmines, Dublin this morning (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)
Scene of a building fire in Rathmines, Dublin this morning (Photo: Kyran O'Brien))
Scene of a building fire in Rathmines, Dublin this morning (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)
Scene of a building fire in Rathmines, Dublin this morning (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)
Scene of a building fire in Rathmines, Dublin this morning (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A man has told of how he jumped from an upstairs window to escape a fire which left at least three people injured, one of whom is seriously injured.

Emergency services attended the scene of the fire which broke out on Grove Park, Rathmines, Dublin this morning at approximately 7am.

Dublin Fire Brigade confirmed eight of their units and three ambulances attended the blaze.

The period house is split into flats and the fire broke out in the middle floor.

Three people were injured in the building blaze which broke out this morning at approximately 7am on Grove Road
Three people were injured in the building blaze which broke out this morning at approximately 7am on Grove Road

One man told Independent.ie how he had to jump from an upstairs window to escape the flames.

"The fire alarm went off at around 7am and I heard that, and when I looked out the door the building was full of smoke," said Gundars Lazdins (25).

Scene of a building fire in Rathmines, Dublin this morning (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)
Scene of a building fire in Rathmines, Dublin this morning (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)

"I could not go down the stairs, then I started hearing bangs and explosions, and I said to myself 'I have to get out', so I wet a towel and put it over my head and jumped out the window onto an extension below me. There was no other way," he added.

Gardai have cordoned off the scene.

Scene of a building fire in Rathmines, Dublin this morning (Photo: Kyran O'Brien))
Scene of a building fire in Rathmines, Dublin this morning (Photo: Kyran O'Brien))

Details of any injuries are uncertain, but a number of people are believed to suffered smoke inhalation.

Emergency services said everyone has been accounted for at the scene and the fire has been extinguished.

Scene of a building fire in Rathmines, Dublin this morning (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)
Scene of a building fire in Rathmines, Dublin this morning (Photo: Kyran O'Brien)

Grove Park was closed to traffic, but since reopened shortly before 9am.

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