'I tried to get the others but I couldn't' - Neighbour's horror as three young children and woman injured in flat fire
Three young children and their mother were hospitalised after a serious fire broke out in an apartment complex in Inchicore, Dublin, last night.
The victims, named locally as Maggie Green (30) and her children John (13), Francis (8) and Savannah (7), are continuing to receive treatment today.
A Dublin Fire Brigade spokesman told the Irish Independent that two of the younger children are in serious condition in hospital.
A 13-year-old boy and a 30-year-old woman are being treated for burns in hospital.
It is understood that the fire broke out at Tyrone Place apartment block at 11.15pm last night.
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.
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"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."
"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.
"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.
Last night there was obvious damage to the building. However, the fire had been brought under control. Dozens of neighbours still stood outside the building, waiting to be told if they could safely return to their homes well after midnight last night.
The victims of the fire were rushed to Crumlin Children's Hospital, Temple Street Children's Hospital and St James's Hospital, for treatment.
This morning the scene of the fire remained sealed off pending a forensic examination.