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  • Northside West

Blaze leaves locals homeless

Monday, 15th May, 2017 2:00pm

Story by Jack Gleeson
Blaze leaves locals homeless

Firefighters tackling the blaze at Verdemont. PHOTO: @DubFireBrigade

Blaze leaves locals homeless

Firefighters tackling the blaze at Verdemont. PHOTO: @DubFireBrigade

 

SIX fire engines were deployed to Dublin 15 last week by Dublin Fire Brigade to tackle a blaze at an apartment complex that left dozens of residents homeless.

There were no injuries but the fire at Verdemont estate in Coolmine caused extensive damage. 

Firefighters were alerted to the blaze by a 999 call made just after 5pm on Wednesday, May 10.

Alert residents sounded the alarm in the complex and began to evacuate the area affected by the fire.

Firefighters set up an incident command unit and managed to contain the fire by 7pm with the help of a 100ft turntable ladder and the use of a drone aircraft.

It was declared out just after 10.30pm before the scene was handed over to Gardaí for investigation just after midnight.

Representatives from Fingal County Council were on site to provide assistance to the Fire Brigade, Gardaí and Civil Defence.

A number of shocked residents were provided with temporary overnight accommodation at a respite centre in Cabra. The Department of Social Protection put emergency procedures in place for Verdemont residents the following morning to support those affected.

Local TD and Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar, said the department's local Community Welfare Service was working with Fingal County Council to support residents.

"This was a shocking fire which has seriously disrupted the lives of many people,” he said.

“I extend my sincere sympathies to everyone affected.

"I want to assure residents affected that the Department is on hand to discuss how it can best support those affected.

“The Department's Community Welfare Service has already held an emergency multi-agency clinic offering advice and support, in tandem with the council and Citizens Information.

"I want to thank Dublin Fire Brigade, the Gardaí, staff in my Department and in Fingal County Council for their swift and effective response."

Local TD Joan Burton (Lab) extended sympathies to the residents and called for an enquiry into the blaze.

"I want to salute Dublin fire brigade and all the emergency workers and the Fingal County Council staff who worked to put out the fire and to assist residents,” she said.

"There will have to be a detailed inquiry into the fire and how it spread so quickly and destroyed and damaged so many apartments and homes.

"The Minister will have to initiate this as quickly as possible and review fire safety standards and their enforcement in respect of domestic dwellings.

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