Popular hotel evacuated during blaze
MORE than 40 firefighters fought a blaze in a popular Dublin hotel yesterday.
Nobody was injured in the fire, which broke out in a room on the third floor of the Tara Towers Hotel in Booterstown, Co Dublin, at around 1pm.
The building was immediately evacuated of guests by hotel staff as a plume of smoke and flames burst out of a third-floor window.
A total of 12 Dublin Fire Brigade units attended the scene.
District officer at Donnybrook fire station Jim Sargent said the building was evacuated very quickly, but when the fire services arrived not everybody had been accounted for so a full search of the hotel had to be carried out.
"We had 12 units in attendance and the operation went very well. We extinguished the fire quickly and effectively," he said.
"Hotel staff were very prompt with their response and must be commended for that."
Mr Sargent said the cause of the blaze is yet unknown and is under investigation by gardai.
He said the third and fourth floors of the hotel had sustained extensive smoke damage.
A total of 90 of the 111 rooms at the hotel were occupied.
The hotel forms part of the property portfolio of Moira McNamara, wife of developer Bernard McNamara.