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Hoax call ends long night for fire service

A hoax call only added to what was a stressful and busy Halloween night for Dundalk fire service.

Two fire crews and an ambulance rushed to the scene of a reported house fire at Wolfe Tone Terrace shortly after 2.30am on Saturday only to discover it was a hoax and they had to stand down. The prank came at the end of a long night for the crews who got their first call at 3.30pm on Friday to a hay shed fire at Bellurgan's Marsh Road.

There was extensive damage caused to the shed but it is not yet known how the fire started.

The fire service also tackled a bonfire at Common's Road, Dromiskin and were later attacked at Lisheen Park in Knockbridge.

Shortly before 10pm, a crew went to Lis na nOg - the crèche at St Joseph's school in Muirhevnamor - where a firework had accidentally become lodged in the felt roof.

Firefighters had to remove roof tiles to get at the smouldering missile but the building was not badly damaged. Shortly after that, they were called to a fire in Dunbin, Knockbridge, where around 20 metres of bushes and hedgerow were on fire and at 1.30am, they tackled a fire in Bay Estate after a sofa was set alight.

Gardaí are investigating an arson attack that destroyed fencing and a plastic bike shed outside a house at Ard na Suir, Dromiskin, around 2am. Dundalk fire-fighters successfully fought to stop the fire damaging the house. And at 2.05am, another crew was called to deal with a large skip fire at the Ecco Road.