'There were flames engulfing the bedroom' - Woman and child rescued after early morning fire
A woman and child had to be rescued by fire crews after a blaze broke out at a flat in Dublin city early this morning.
There were 15 people in the building on the North Circular Road when the alarm was raised shortly after 5am.
Four units of Dublin Fire Brigade responded when the fire broke out on the third floor of the three storey over basement property near to the Phoenix Park.
The man who raised the alarm told how the drama unfolded, starting with the sound of fire alarms.
“I don’t know what time it was, but the noise of the alarms woke me and I looked out my door and I could see smoke pouring out from under my neighbour's door,” he said.
“I ran down and got into his flat and he was stumbling around in the black smoke. There were flames engulfing his bedroom, so I just dragged him out and started banging on the doors and getting people out,” the man added.
The fire gutted the bedroom of the flat and caused extensive smoke damage to the rest of the man’s home.
This morning the top floor of the building was very badly smoke damaged and the remaining floors suffered water damage from the fire hoses necessary to put out the flames.
“Thank God the smoke alarms went off, but I had no fire extinguisher to fight the fire with,” said the man who helped evacuate the building.
Sadly, he lost his cat to smoke inhalation in the fire.
“I’d had her for three years, Suzie was her name. I’m very saddened by her death. She was great company,” said the man who lives alone in the building.
The blaze was brought under control quickly and the remains of the burned bed could be seen tossed out onto the grass margin at the side of the building this morning.
Emergency crews stayed at the scene to ensure the fire did not spread and to search neighbouring properties to ensure there were no injuries elsewhere.
The cause of the fire is not yet known but it is believed to have been accidental.
The fire was the second one in the vicinity of the North Circular Road to be tackled by Dublin Fire Brigade this week.
On Tuesday morning a building split into flats on Mountjoy Square was badly damaged when fire took hold in a ground floor room.
Eight people had to be rescued from upstairs windows by emergency crews using an extendable turntable ladder.
Many more made their way to safety by climbing out lower windows having being trapped in their flats by smoke and flames that filled the stairwell area.
There were dramatic scenes as those who were trapped on the top floor were guided to safety down the ladders by firemen.
Crews wearing breathing apparatus then had to search the entire building to ensure there were no casualties.
Several people were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation at the scene.