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House is gutted by huge fire

FIRE crews this morning battled to bring a blazing house under control in Sandymount.

The fire broke out in the house on Newgrove Avenue at around 5.30am in the property that had recently been sold, but there were fears that a number of homeless people may have been inside it at the time.

A passing taxi driver raised the alarm when he saw smoke and flames coming from the house.

A family in a neighbouring property were moved for their own safety as the flames from the burning house began to spread to their roof.

Five units from Dublin Fire Brigade, including three tenders, a water tanker, and a ladder unit all fought the blaze.

After the fire was extinguished, fire crews with breathing apparatus were seen getting ready to enter the house to search it room by room for possible occupants.

The ladder unit was extended into the air above the house, and used a powerful searchlight to illuminate the scene from above as the search took place.

The entire roof of the house collapsed in the fire and the building was totally gutted.