Wednesday 13 December 2017

Probe into blast that left boy (5) badly burnt

Allison Bray

A workplace inspector is to investigate the circumstances surrounding an explosion in a house that left a five-year-old boy with burns to a third of his body.

The Health and Safety Authority last night confirmed it would investigate the causes of the blast at Moatview Avenue in Darndale, north Dublin, on Thursday that left Tadhg McEneff with serious injuries.

It is understood the explosion took place while builders were carrying out renovation work to the former Dublin City Council house.

It is believed the explosion could have been sparked by a lighter coming into contact with flammable material that builders might have been using.

"It looks like there were people working at the scene and we'll be examining the circumstances of the accident," an authority spokesman said.

No one else was injured and the house was not significantly damaged.

Paramedics rushed the boy to Temple Street Children's Hospital and he was later transferred to the burns unit at Crumlin Children's Hospital, where his parents were keeping a vigil at his bedside, according to a neighbour.

The hospital yesterday declined to comment on the boy's condition, citing his family's request for privacy. Friends of the family said yesterday the accident had deeply shocked the community.

Cllr Larry O'Toole (SF) said: "The family are good people who have been living there for many years and all I can say is I hope the little lad is okay."

Irish Independent

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