Sunday 22 July 2018

In pictures: Firefighters praised for response to Ballymun high-rise blaze

21 Mar 2018: General view of Fire Brigade attempting to put out fire at Metro Hotel, Ballymun, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
21 Mar 2018: General view of Fire Brigade attempting to put out fire at Metro Hotel, Ballymun, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Sean Nolan

Dublin Fire Brigade have been praised for their work last night as they battled the largest fire they have faced in Dublin this year.

A blaze at the Metro Hotel complex in Ballymun last night saw more than 60 firefighters and eight fire engines from Dublin Fire Brigade battle the blaze that started in an apartment on the 13th floor of the building.

21 Mar 2018: General view of Fire Brigade attempting to put out fire at Metro Hotel, Ballymun, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
21 Mar 2018: General view of Fire Brigade attempting to put out fire at Metro Hotel, Ballymun, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Scene in Ballymun this morning in the aftermath of the fire in The Metro Hotel. Photo: Tony Gavin 22/3/201
21 Mar 2018: General view of Fire Brigade attempting to put out fire at Metro Hotel, Ballymun, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
21 Mar 2018: General view of fire at Metro Hotel, Ballymun, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
21 Mar 2018: General view of Fire Brigade attempting to put out fire at Metro Hotel, Ballymun, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
21 Mar 2018: General view of fire at Metro Hotel, Ballymun, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
21 Mar 2018: General view of Fire Brigade at scene of fire at Metro Hotel, Ballymun, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Scene in Ballymun this morning in the aftermath of the fire in The Metro Hotel. Photo: Tony Gavin 22/3/2018
Scene in Ballymun this morning in the aftermath of the fire in The Metro Hotel. Photo: Tony Gavin 22/3/201
21 Mar 2018: General view of Fire Brigade attempting to put out fire at Metro Hotel, Ballymun, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Around 200 people were safely evacuated from the building last night and there were no injuries to members of the public or the fire service.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Chief Fire Officer Patrick Fleming said that while an investigation is beginning this morning, there is no indication at this stage to believe the fire was suspicious.

"Not at this stage but it is too early to say. I don't think we have any indication that it was suspicious at this stage."

Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath Mícheál Mac Donncha has commended Dublin Fire Brigade on its rapid and effective response to last night's fire in the Metro Hotel in Ballymun. The Lord Mayor said: "On behalf of the people of Dublin City I commend Dublin Fire Brigade for their rapid and effective response to the Metro Hotel fire.

"The efficiency and courage of the Dublin Fire Brigade crews was demonstrated last night and the people of the City are very grateful to them. We must now ensure that all aspects of this fire are fully investigated."

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