Fire that damaged South Dublin apartment may have started on decking, investigators
A fire which caused extensive damage to an apartment in South Dublin in the early hours of this morning may have started on a section of decking at the rear of the property, investigators believe.
The ground floor apartment at Linden Court, Sallynoggin was left heavily smoke and water damaged after the blaze at 4.30am.
Neighbours said they heard the occupants shouting 'fire' and the fire alarms in the building sounding.
"I was asleep at the time but then I heard the shouting and the alarms. The two people who live in the apartment were out quickly and the fire brigade took control of it very quickly, but there is a lot of smoke damage inside the apartment," said one man.
Everyone was able to leave the block unharmed and four units of Dublin Fire Brigade from Dun Laoghaire and Donnybrook arrived and dealt with the fire quickly.
A spokesman for the Fire Brigade confirmed that they were at the scene for about half an hour and managed to safely extinguish the fire.
Gardai were at the scene this morning carrying out routine enquiries but early indications that the fire was accidental, possibly starting on or under the decking adjacent to the rear patio door.
The fire then damaged the patio door which was seen to be warped and had its glass panes shattered with the heat.
Smoke then appears to have billowed into the apartment and the heat caused damage to some furniture situated next to the patio door.
The wooden decking and the wooden beams supporting it could be seen to be heavily fire damaged and had been pulled up by fire crews to ensure the fire was properly extinguished.
The fire caused some minor smoke damage to the exterior of neighbouring apartments.
The cause if the fire is not yet known.