Friday 23 March 2018

Halloween Mayhem for Dublin Fire Brigade as crews attacked while attending house fire in North Dublin

Scene at Balbriggan
Pic: @DubFireBrigade
Scene at Balbriggan Pic: @DubFireBrigade Newsdesk Newsdesk

Three units of Dublin Fire Brigade were attacked as they dealt with a house fire in North County Dublin last night.

Units from Balbriggan, Skerries, Finglas and Swords were called to the house fire in Balbriggan last night.

However, the crews came under attack and had rocks thrown at them as they attempted to tackle the blaze.

Gardai were called to the scene to provide assistance for the emergency services.

And in another incident, a crew transporting a man to hospital came under attack in the north Dublin city suburb of Kilbarrack.

It's understood the ambulance was struck by a bottle which smashed a back window.

The ambulance had to be taken off the road after dealing with the emergency call - following repairs it was back on the road almost two hours later.

An investigation is underway.

Bonfire in Bonham Street, Dublin
Pic: @DubFireBrigade/Twitter
Bonfire in Bonham Street, Dublin Pic: @DubFireBrigade/Twitter

The serious incidents came as emergency services experienced one of their busiest Halloween nights in recent years.

A video uploaded to YouTube by Fire Ireland showed some of the mayhem the services experienced while dealing with the house fire in Balbriggan.

An unmarked garda car can be seen in the video, and a youth can be seen running close to the house while people can be heard shouting in the background.

Dublin Fire Brigade live tweeted incidents throughout the night.

At one stage they were dealing with calls every 40 seconds.

They reported two incidents of "anti-social behaviour" aimed at them - one incident was the occurrence in Balbriggan, while the second was in Clonsilla.

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Emergency services received 701 calls between 4pm and 8am across the Eastern region.

Dublin was by far the busiest - emergency services received 290 calls. They received some 50 ambulance calls between 4pm and 8pm last night. Another 80 ambulance calls were processed between 8pm and midnight. The @DubFireBrigade account reported that their ambulance services attended a number of alcohol and assault cases.

Some 290 fire calls were also received. At 3am this morning, the services had reported attending 19 house fires, 193 bonfires and 26 "unconscious cases".

Separately, in Limerick, fire services there reported that one of their crews came under attack while attending a fire call out, with rocks striking their appliances.

There have been no reports of injuries to members of the emergency services.

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