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Crews bring shopping centre blaze under control

UP to 25 firefighters battled a massive blaze that broke out at the Ballymun Shopping Centre in north Dublin last night.

A huge plume of smoke was visible for miles around after the fire broke out at a derelict retail unit.

The fire was beside the landmark Towers pub, which is now lying vacant and more recently became famous as a filming location for the award-winning gritty RTE drama Love/Hate.

Dublin Fire Brigade said the alarm was raised shortly before 10.30pm by a member of the public.

The blaze broke out in an empty unit next to the pub.

Initially, four tenders went to the scene as well as a turntable ladder to fight the fire from above.


A spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade said fire- fighters were able to bring the blaze under control after a time and managed to prevent the flames from spreading and causing damage to other parts of the shopping centre.

By 11.30pm, one of the units left the scene as the fire was brought further under control.

The spokesperson said ESB crews were also dispatched to the scene as there were fears electrical cables could catch fire.

There was also concern that one of the walls in the unit had become un- stable and was in danger of collapse.

The wall is due for an inspection today.

There were no injuries reported and it was un- clear how the blaze broke out.

In a separate incident, two crews from Dublin Fire Brigade attended a house fire on Lough Derg Road, Raheny, where one person was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

The alarm was raised at 11.35pm. The person who was in the house was treated at the scene by paramedics and was later taken to hospital.

The fire was extinguished before midnight.