Dublin: Many Homeless People Rescued As Seven Fire Tenders Tackle Fire At Squat

10 Sep

There was severe traffic disruption in Dublin this morning after a fire broke out in the city centre.

Smoke billows from the building near the Matt Talbot Bridge (Pic: Trevor Hunt)

Smoke billows from the building near the Matt Talbot Bridge (Pic: Trevor Hunt)

Seven units of the fire brigade were at the scene (Pic: Ray Kennedy)

Seven units of the fire brigade were at the scene (Pic: Ray Kennedy)

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One News: Homeless people rescued from burning building
 
A number of homeless people had to be rescued from a burning building in Dublin this morning after fire broke out on the top floor.

Seven units of Dublin fire brigade at one stage tackled the blaze at the property on City Quay beside the Ulster Bank headquarters.

There was severe traffic disruption in the city centre as a number of streets around the Custom House and the Irish Financial Services Centre area were closed.

Units from Tara Street, North Strand and Dolphin’s Barn tackled the blaze, which was confined to the top floor of the three-storey building.

Acting district fire officer Donal Petherbridge said the alarm was raised shortly after 8.30am and “a number of homeless people were led from the building”.

He said the blaze was brought under control and fire officers using breathing apparatus carried out a room-by-room search.

An investigation has begun to establish how the fire broke out.

AA Roadwatch has said that Memorial Bridge and George’s Quay have reopened, but Moss Street remains closed.

Meanwhile, the Dublin Region Homeless Executive has issued an appeal for those affected by the fire to contact them if they need assistance.

They are urged to contact the Homeless Executive on freefone 1800707707 – to access temporary accommodation.

They can also contact the Dublin rough sleeper team on 01-8720185.

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