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blaze at addicts' SQUAT disrupts rail services

A BLAZE at a derelict house used by drug addicts and squatters in Dublin caused disruption to train services at nearby Connolly Station.

The fire broke out around 5.15pm yesterday and thick smoke billowed from the windows.

The burning building was just a few feet away from two elevated train platforms where commuters waited to board trains.

The platforms are situated at the side and rear of the burning end-of-terrace house in Preston Street, a cul-de-sac off Amiens Street.

Irish Rail shut down the two platforms, diverting train traffic to another platform which caused delays of up to 15 to 20 minutes to rush hour services.


Meanwhile, commuters were delayed this morning on the south inner city following a single-vehicle crash.

A man suffered injuries after his car crashed on Aungier Street shortly before 9:30am. A Dublin Fire Brigade spokesman said that the injuries are not believed to be serious.

Last night, Dublin Fire Brigade also carried out a search of the building where the fire took place, but there were no casualties found. The premises beside the burning building contains a number of flats with around 20 residents and they were all evacuated as firefighters dealt with the blaze.

One of the residents, standing at a cordon on Amiens Street last night, said that there have been two other fires in that building in recent years.

"It is used every day by drug addicts," said the neighbour. "They could cause a fire at anytime or at night when we're asleep. It's a dangerous situation."

Part of the roof of the building collapsed during the blaze last night and two floors may have collapsed in the fire.