Wednesday 21 March 2018

Extensive damage in Flaxmill fire

Drogheda fire service attended the blaze on Sunday evening
Drogheda fire service attended the blaze on Sunday evening

Fiona Magennis

Emergency services spent a number of hours dealing with a blaze at a house in Flaxmill Lane on Sunday night which was so extensive it spread to a neighbouring property.

Drogheda Fire Brigade were called to the scene of the fire at the house, which is currently unoccupied, at around 9.30pm and found the three storey house in Flaxmill Court, Flaxmill Lane already ablaze with flames visible from the first floor of the house.

The fire had also started to spread to an adjoining house and smoke could be seen coming through the roof vents in the neighbouring property.

A spokesperson for the gardaí said thankfully this house is a rented property and was thankfully unoccupied at the time.

Two further houses in the street were evacuated as emergency services worked to bring the fire under control.

The affected house suffered extensive fire and smoke damage and the adjoining house to which the fire had spread also suffered damage to the attic and water damage throughout.

The residents of the two other houses were eventually allowed back into their homes some hours after the blaze originally broke out.

Four fire brigade appliances were in attendance at the scene, two from Drogheda, one from Dundalk and one from Dunleer.

A spokesperson for the fire brigade confirmed there had been extensive damage caused by the fire and it took a number of hours to bring the blaze completely under control and to stop it spreading further.

They were at the scene from 9.30pm until 1.40am and retunred again durning the night to continue dampening down the fire.

A spokesperson for the gardaí said the scene is being preserved and a technical examination will be carried out by the garda forensic unit.

He said investigations into the likely cause of the fire are ongoing.

Meanwhile, gardaí are also investigating a break in at a house in Moneymore sometime between the evening of Monday, May 2nd and Tuesday, May 3rd.

The rear garden of the property was entered and a lawnmower and grass strimmer was stolen.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact gardaí in Drogheda.

Drogheda Independent