Dublin Fire Brigade rescue two women from burning building
Two women have been rescued from a blaze at their home in Dublin City centre this morning.
The fire broke out in a first floor room in the terraced property on Glengarriff Parade in Phibsborough at around 7.30am.
Five units of Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) including an ambulance, raced to the scene amid reports that there were people trapped in the house which has been split into flats.
"When we arrived the fire had developed and there was one woman sitting on a first floor window ledge and another in a room upstairs," a DFB spokesman told Independent.ie.
"We rescued her quickly and then two crews with breathing apparatus went into the building to rescue the second woman," he added.
Both women, described as being in their 50s or 60s, were treated at the scene for the effects of smoke inhalation.
A decision was being made at the scene if one might need hospital treatment.
One woman who escaped the fire told how the events unfolded.
"I heard a smoke alarm going off and we didn't know if it was a false alarm, but we thought 'maybe there is something wrong'," said Salome Busgeeh (34), from Mauritius.
"Then we saw a whole room was on fire so we got out. I just had time to grab my bag of paperwork," she added.
"Smoke alarms save lives, definitely. It was a big fire and I'm glad I got out," she explained.
As the fire crews damped down the fire and checked neighbouring properties, Salome was left standing in her night clothes with her bag of papers in her hand, cloaked in a medifleece given to her by an ambulance crew.
The cause if the fire is not yet known.