Monday 10 December 2018

Local fire fighters stretched by series of incidents

Fire fighters were stretched to their limit on Sunday following fires in the Rathmullen Road area of Drogheda.

Added to that, the fire service was called to the old quarry on the North Road for the second time in recent days, battling a blaze for five hours until 10pm on Sunday evening.

The service from Drogheda, Dundalk and Dunleer were all called into action.

As well as grass fires nearby, the fire fighters were called to a car fire in Ballsgrove, an action condemned by local councillor Paul Bell.

"It's downright shocking that individuals could be so reckless and cause so much stress for residents living in both Ballsgrove and Rathmullan. I myself was on the scene of the car fire very quickly having been contacted by local residents as both fires were the cause of high levels of smoke in close proximity to family homes. I requested the assistance of the Fire Service and gardai with the car fire and the response by both was excellent,' he said.

"I must also confirm that residents in Ballsgrove impacted by the grass fire on the banks of the ravine had witnessed youths in the area prior to the significant blaze commencing.'

He says an ambulance was also called, having been alerted by the fire service and gardai.

"I condemn the actions of those who were involved in these incidents having acted with no regard for the local community and with no regard to the risk which members of our local emergency services were put at. I ask that the public become more vigilant especially regarding activities which may lead to grass fires with such a long dry spell and report immediately to the gardai,' he added.

Drogheda Independent