Thursday 22 February 2018

Drone footage shows devastation after blaze rips through Dublin apartment block

Firefighters at the scene of a fire in West Dublin. Photo: Mark Ward
Firefighters at the scene of a fire in West Dublin. Photo: Mark Ward
Firefighters at the scene of a fire in West Dublin. Photo: Mark Ward
Firefighters at the scene of a fire in West Dublin. Photo: Mark Ward
Firefighters at the scene of a fire in West Dublin. Photo: Mark Ward
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

New footage has emerged showing the damage caused by a massive fire at a Dublin apartment block which has left dozens of people homeless.

Drone footage captured by Dublin Fire Brigade shows an aerial view of the scene at the Verdemont Apartment on Snugborough Road, Blanchardstown, West Dublin.

A massive fire broke out at approximately 5.10pm yesterday.

The video shows the collapsed roof of the building as smoke billows out and some flames continue to smoulder.

A fire officer can be seen tackling the blaze from a turntable in the footage.

Locals living within the complex claimed that the cause of the fire was due to the flames of a resident's barbeque falling into his home on the fourth floor.

The blaze quickly spread to the adjoining homes causing damage to the inside.

Reports have also suggested that the apartments on the bottom floor were damaged by water as the fire services extinguished the flames.

Dublin Fire Brigade are investigating if the fire was started by a barbecue.

Brycen Cluster and his roommate Taylor Thompson from Utah said that their home was one of those destroyed by the blaze.

“We were living in the flat next door to the apartment that initially caught fire and heard a big bang and kids screaming outside.

“We then walked to our window and saw the flames. We grabbed our shoes and managed to leave, but sadly didn’t manage to take any of our possessions with us.”

The two 19 year olds who have been living in Ireland for two years added that a lot of sentimental items have been destroyed.

“We don’t know the extent of the damage yet, but just looking at our apartment from the outside it’s clear that not much will be saved.

“We had a lot of family photos and personal things that are now gone.

“It’s still setting in to be honest, but I suppose it’s out of our control. At this stage and there’s nothing you can do.

“We have to just move on,” he said.

Christina Farrell, a resident who lived near the affected apartment, said she helped alert her neighbours about the fire.

“I was getting ready for the gym and when I came outside I saw a man on a balcony trying to put the fire out with a glass of water.

“I then rang the fire brigade and they asked me what the situation was and how bad it was. They said just alert everyone and get them out

“I went inside [the burning apartment] and started knocking on doors telling people to evacuate. By the time we got to the top floor there was so much smoke that it was hard to see so we had to get out of there.

Dublin Fire Brigade Tweeted photos showing flames and plumes of black smoke coming from the property.

DFB captioned the image: “We’re attending a large domestic fire in #Verdemont off the Snugborough Road.

“6 pumps, Turntable Ladder and Command Support. #fire

“Firefighters are attacking the #fire from a 100ft Turntable Ladder. We advise residents in the #Verdemont area to keep windows closed.

“There is a water tanker to supplement supplies, a command support vehicle, plus ambulances and the AP car at the #Verdemont fire #fireEMS”

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