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Saturday 3 December 2016

Dublin Fire Brigade attacked as they tackle city bonfire three times

Dublin Fire Brigade attend at the Bonfire at Basin St Flats last night.
PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN
Dublin Fire Brigade attend at the Bonfire at Basin St Flats last night. PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN

DUBLIN Fire Brigade (DFB) was forced to respond to an inner-city flat complex three times in one night and were pelted with stones while they attended a bonfire.

A stockpile of bonfire material was set alight at around 6pm next to Basin Street flats, causing damage to overhead Luas lines.

Four units of DFB responded to the scene and were pelted with stones while putting out the substantial blaze.

However when the fire was put out and the emergency services left the scene, the youths began to replenish the stockpile with wooden pallets and then set a second fire.

The fire brigade was forced to respond to the scene a second time with gardai from the public order unit. 

A spokesman for DFB said that a unit was sent to the flat complex a third time last night when youths began setting bins on fire.

“Unfortunately it’s just that time of the year,” he said.

“There are a number of areas where we have a previous history [of similar incidents],” he said.

Red line Luas services were suspended for a time between Heuston and the Blackhorse stop due to the fire.

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