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Saturday 3 December 2016

Gaiety hit by fire for second time this year

Fire engines at Gaiety theatre
Fire engines at Gaiety theatre

Firefighters were called to the Gaiety Theatre for the second time since May after the popular Dublin city venue caught fire yesterday evening.

Members of Dublin Fire Brigade were called to the theatre at around 5.30pm when the alarm was raised after a blaze that is believed to have started in the basement.

At one stage, four fire engines from Tara Street and Dolphin’s Barn stations were on the scene dealing with the call-out.

No injuries were reported and the situation was contained shortly before 7pm.

It is the second time in less than four months that a fire has broken out at the South King Street venue.

Staff at the Gaiety declined to comment on the blaze when approached this morning.

In May, the Gaiety was forced to close for a week after a blaze caused more than €100,000 worth of damage.

While there was no damage to the building’s structure, the stage floor and orchestra pit had to be replaced.

It is believed a wheelie bin was set alight at the rear of the building in Tangier Lane, which subsequently rose to the shutters of the premises and then spread inside the theatre.

“No performances were affected, but there was a lot of water damage to the main stage due to the sprinkler system and also to the sub-stage leading into the orchestra pit,” theatre manager Alan McQuillan said at the time.

monitored

Mr McQuillan said that the Theatre has applied to Dublin City Council to install a gate in the laneway to stop anti-social behaviour there.

“If we had the gate, it could be monitored through our security system because we have CCTV in the lane and that’s monitored 24 hours a day,” he said.

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