Monday 26 February 2018

Boy (4) dies from injuries following tragic fire that killed three overnight

  • Pregnant mother and three children tragically lose lives
  • Another woman remains in critical condition
  • Residents of other apartments evacuated
  • Emergency services commended for their work
  • Children's Minister among those leading tributes to deceased

Victims of Clondalkin fire
Victims of Clondalkin fire
Holly O'Brien
Paris O'Brien
AnnMarie O'Brien
Gardai pictured at the scene apartment fire on Kilcronan Avenue in Clondalkin. Photo: Frank McGrath
Smoke damaged vent at the apartment where a woman and two children died in a fire ,on Kilcronan Avenue in Clondalkin (Image: Frank Mc Grath)
Scene of the fire at Kilcronan Ave, Clondalkin

Conor Feehan, Cathal McMahon, Robin Schiller and Ian Begley

The four-year-old boy critically ill following a fire in a Dublin apartment complex last night has died from his injuries this afternoon.

A pregnant woman and two young girls lost their lives in the tragic fire in a Dublin apartment complex overnight.

Jordan O’Brien is the latest victim of the tragedy in Kilcronan Avenue, Clondalkin.

The four-year-old passed away earlier today in Crumlin Children’s Hospital while his mother, Biddy O'Brien, remains in a critical condition in St James’s Hospital.

Victims of Clondalkin fire. (From left clockwise) Holly (3), AnneMarie (27), Biddy (aged in her 30s), Jordan (4) and Paris (2) O'Brien
Victims of Clondalkin fire. (From left clockwise) Holly (3), AnneMarie (27), Biddy (aged in her 30s), Jordan (4) and Paris (2) O'Brien

AnneMarie O'Brien (27) who was seven months pregnant, her daughter Paris (2) and three-year-old Holly O'Brien were killed after the fire broke out at an accommodation around 2.30am last night.

Holly is the daughter of Biddy who is fighting for her life and the sister of Jordan who has now passed away.

Paris O'Brien
Paris O'Brien

All five are Irish and from the south Dublin area.

Joanne Moore, a cousin of the family told Independent.ie that Jordan passed away at around 4pm.

Holly O'Brien
Holly O'Brien

“I’m on my way back to the hospital now because we’ve gotten some very bad news.

“Jordan passed away about an hour ago, it’s very sad and we’re all devastated.

“It’s very hard and we’re just trying to get on to things and to grieve. I’m cousins to all the people involved in the tragedy.”

Sources say Biddy O'Brien was visiting AnneMarie when the fire broke out at the first floor apartment.

While the scene still has to undergo a full technical examination, it is believed the cause of the fire was accidental and possibly electrical.

Sonas Domestic Violence charity, which operates supported housing for women and children who are the victims of domestic abuse at the Cluainin Cronan complex where the fire occurred, paid tribute to the deceased.

"Our sympathies and condolences are with the relatives and friends of the deceased and all those impacted by this awful tragedy. We are devastated by the tragic loss of life which occurred as a result of fire in an apartment in our supported housing complex in Clondalkin," CEO Fiona Ryan said.

"We are currently supporting other families in the apartment complex including those unable to return to their homes because of fire damage, for whom we are sourcing alternative accommodation," she added.

Smoke damaged window at the apartment where a woman and two children died in a fire ,on Kilcronan Avenue in Clondalkin. (Image: Frank Mc Grath)
Smoke damaged window at the apartment where a woman and two children died in a fire ,on Kilcronan Avenue in Clondalkin. (Image: Frank Mc Grath)
Emergency services at the scene of an apartment fire in Dublin which claimed the lives of a woman and two children. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Flowers are left at the scene of an apartment fire in Dublin which claimed the lives of a woman and two children. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Flowers have been laid at the scene as people continue to come and pay their respects throughout the day. Bouquets and a teddy bear were left at the front door of the complex.

Local resident Anne Keogh was among those at the scene.

"I just wanted to pay my respects, it's so sad," she said.

A blackened window at the scene of the fire in Clondalkin
A blackened window at the scene of the fire in Clondalkin

"We just wanted to say bye."

Emergency

Fire tenders from Tallaght, Rathfarnham, Dolphins Barn and Donnybrook, as well as a fleet of ambulances from Dublin Fire Brigade and the National Ambulance Service, were sent to deal with the serious fire and casualties at the Cluainin Cronan complex.

Three neighbouring apartments accommodating seven residents had to be evacuated during the fire.

Two others, who were in the accommodation unit were taken to hospital as a precaution due to smoke inhalation.

The scene was sealed off this morning and a technical examination of the area was due to take place later today.

The fire broke out in a first floor unit where the windows appeared blackened this morning.

An air vent at the side of the complex on the first floor was also blackened by the thick smoke that poured out of it during the blaze.

Many other windows in the complex remained open this morning, indicating how the smoke from the fire had permeated the building.

Gardai preserved the scene pending a forensic examination by members of the garda technical bureau to establish the cause of the fire.

At the scene today Garda Inspector Ken McLaughlin of Clondalkin garda station said Gardai and Dublin Fire Brigade would carry out a full investigation.

He confirmed all five involved in the fire were in the one apartment at the time of the incident.

“We’re at the scene of a terrible tragedy here this morning and I would like to express our sincere sympathies for the families of those that are involved in this incident,” he said.

“There was two adults and three children involved in this terrible incident.

“At the moment we’re keeping an open mind on the incident,” he added.

Earlier, local Sinn Fein councillor Mark Ward said the news of the deaths and critical injuries were shocking and horrific.

“For a young woman and two children to lose their lives like this is incomprehensible,” he told Independent.ie.

It is understood the first fire service crews were on the scene within five minutes this morning.

A team from Dublin Fire Brigade arrived and were seen in discussion with gardai before they entered the building to begin their surveying.

Two women who arrived with flowers said they did not know the family who were in the apartment but lived nearby and wanted to pay their respects.

“It’s an awful tragedy and we just wanted to express our support. It’s terrible news,” they said.

999 calls

A spokesman for Dublin Fire Brigade said a number of 999 calls were made about the blaze, with the first alert coming in at 2.33am.

“We got numerous calls in about it which would indicate that the fire was noticeable. The fire alarm in the apartment had also gone off,” a spokesman said.

“As long as I have been a councillor it is one of the most terrible tragedies I have ever come across. I have lived in an apartment for many years so this is something that you don’t want to read.

“I would like to pass my condolences on to the family and friends of these people.”

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone said her thoughts and prayers were with all those affected by the Clondalkin fire.

Local councillor Trevor Gilligan (FF) said: “It is an awful case. I’m a councillor here in Clondalkin nearly 15 years and it’s a terrible tragedy."

Sinn Féin TD Eoin O Broin said in a statement: “My thoughts are with the bereaved families, friends, and members of this tight-knit local community this morning. The death of two young children and a young woman is a tragedy and the people here in Kilcronan are numb with shock and sadness at this devastating loss of life.

"My thoughts are also with those seriously injured in the fire who are being cared for in hospital.

“I would like to commend Dublin Fire Brigade and the emergency services who attended the scene in the early hours. The community here in Kilcronan is resilient and will come together to comfort those who have lost loved ones in this fire.”

Kilkenny Fire Brigade wrote: “Our thoughts are with the family & friends of those who died this morning in Clondalkin fire. Also for the first responders present.”

RTE broadcaster Des Cahill said: “Reading the Sportsnews on @morningireland seemed so irrelevant, as it immediately followed breaking news of the tragedy in Clondalkin. RIP”.

Gardaí are appealing to witnesses to contact them at Clondalkin Garda Station on 01-666 7600, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

In a separate incident a number of casualties were brought to hospital after a domestic fire on Dominic Street in Dublin’s north inner city.

Four people were injured and several others were rescued.

Three of the four were treated for smoke inhalation. The fire broke out around 3am.

Four units of Dublin Fire Brigade attended the scene of the fire, which  was brought under control this morning.

A number of tributes have been posted online to the victims of the blaze.

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