Friday 15 December 2017

Three children among 11 rescued from apartment block 'arson attack'

The scene of an apartment fire on Cookstown Way, Tallaght (Picture: Gerry Mooney)
The scene of an apartment fire on Cookstown Way, Tallaght (Picture: Gerry Mooney)
The scene of an apartment fire on Cookstown Way, Tallaght (Image: Gerry Mooney)
The scene of an apartment fire on Cookstown Way, Tallaght. (Image: Gerry Mooney)

Conor Feehan and Laura Larkin

Gardai are treating as suspicious a fire in a Tallaght apartment complex which left six people, including three children, in hospital early this morning.

The alarm was raised when the fire broke out at the Gleann na hEorna apartment block opposite Tallaght Hospital at around 3am.

Eleven people were rescued in total, some from balconies on the first and second floor levels.

Fire crews from Dublin Fire Brigade’s C Watch, including units from Rathfarnham, Dolphins Barn and a turntable ladder from Tara Street station, tackled the blaze and completed the rescue.

The scene of an apartment fire on Cookstown Way, Tallaght (Picture: Gerry Mooney)
The scene of an apartment fire on Cookstown Way, Tallaght (Picture: Gerry Mooney)

Three ambulances also attended the scene.

Six people were taken to hospital suffering from suspected smoke inhalation but none of the injuries are reported to be life threatening.

Neighbour Lesley O’Toole described how people were left shaking with fear after the blaze.

“My brother came in to me and said there was a fire in the neighbouring apartment, so we ran out and we could see the flames coming out the window on the middle floor.

“The fire brigade were already there and there was a woman in the middle balcony with her two sons age seven and ten, and a couple in the top balcony with their daughter, son and baby,” she explained.

“They had to be rescued off the balconies, they were shaking,” she added.

The scene of an apartment fire on Cookstown Way, Tallaght (Picture: Gerry Mooney)
The scene of an apartment fire on Cookstown Way, Tallaght (Picture: Gerry Mooney)

“The woman living on the middle floor said she was about to go to bed when she saw the smoke coming in under the door from the common hallway. She thinks something was set on fire in the stairwell on the middle floor,” said Lesley.

Two 999 calls were made in relation to the fire.

The apartment complex forms part of the Respond Housing Association accommodation in the Tallaght area and was built in 2011.

Gardai sealed off the scene overnight pending a forensic examination by members of the garda technical bureau.

Gardai said officers were investigating a complaint of criminal damage.

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