Firefighters battle floating inferno at city canal dock
Firefighters fought an inferno on a large barge docked in central Dublin early yesterday.
The burning vessel, the largest barge moored at Charlotte Quay in Grand Canal Dock, was engulfed in flames shortly before 4am.
Three fire engine crews and an ambulance paramedic team went to the scene of the blaze.
Firefighters entered the burning barge to search for occupants while colleagues used high-powered hoses to tackle the flames.
A Dublin Fire Brigade spokesman, who was at the scene, said: "Initial reports said there were possibly people on board but there were none on board. It was quite a substantial fire." Eye-witness Luke Duggan (24), a professional videographer, lives in an apartment overlooking the dock and was awoken by the incident.
"The flames were really massive. The entire barge was consumed by fire. I was able to film it from my balcony but I was worried the barge might explode," he said.
"The firemen were spraying water on the barge next to it. They seemed concerned the fire would spread. They smashed windows on the adjoining barge to ensure there was nobody in that one too."
"Strong winds were fanning the flames making it more difficult for the firemen," he added.
A garda spokesman today said the scene of the fire was sealed off for a technical investigation.