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Thursday 14 December 2017

Woman and child rescued from fire

Members of the public with Dublin Fire Brigade crew following a fire at a building on Mountjoy Square Picture: Collins Dublin
Members of the public with Dublin Fire Brigade crew following a fire at a building on Mountjoy Square Picture: Collins Dublin
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A woman and child had to be rescued by fire crews after a blaze broke out at a flat in Dublin yesterday 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 called emergency services told how the drama unfolded.

"The noise of the (fire) alarms woke me and I looked out my door. 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 fire gutted the bedroom of the flat and caused extensive smoke damage to the rest of the man's home. The cause is not yet known but it is believed to have been accidental.

Separately, the Green Party called for an inquiry into the safety of buildings on Dublin's Mountjoy Square, as it emerged that last Monday's fire in No 1 and No 2 Mountjoy Square was a near carbon-copy of a similar fire 10 years ago in which 35 people were rescued from the same buildings in similar circumstances.

The Green Party's councillor Ciarán Cuffe said: "We need to ensure that all landlords are fully aware of, and compliant with, their statutory responsibilities.

"Local residents have raised concerns about the condition of similar buildings in the past.

"I want be reassured by city council officials that they have responded appropriately to these concerns."

Irish Independent

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