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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Mystery hero risks his life to rescue woman from her blazing flat in Dublin

Wednesday 23 September 2015. Cromcastle Court fire.
Wednesday 23 September 2015. Cromcastle Court fire.
Wednesday 23 September 2015. Cromcastle Court fire.
Wednesday 23 September 2015. Cromcastle Court fire.
Wednesday 23 September 2015. Cromcastle Court fire. Sandra Ivers and her dog Tyson from the flat above.
Wednesday 23 September 2015. Cromcastle Court fire.
Wednesday 23 September 2015. Cromcastle Court fire.
Wednesday 23 September 2015. Cromcastle Court fire.
Wednesday 23 September 2015. Cromcastle Court fire. Sandra Ivers from the flat above.
Wednesday 23 September 2015. Cromcastle Court fire.
The scene this morning in Cromcastle Court
The scene this morning in Cromcastle Court

A mystery man has been hailed as a hero after pulling an unconscious woman from a fire in Coolock.

The blaze broke out at an apartment in Cromcastle Court just before midnight.

The victim – named locally as Bridget Tormey (47) – was pulled from the burning building by a passer-by.

“He vaulted the railings and got her out before disappearing back into the night,” said a source.

Three units of Dublin Fire Brigade, an emergency tender and an ambulance raced to the scene.

Locals said it was surprising the fire didn’t spread.

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The scene this morning in Cromcastle Court

“I was sitting watching the TV when I heard a bang, and the smoke started coming in waves,” said Sandra Ivers, who lives in the flat above with her dog, Tyson.

“My curtains nearly caught fire from the flames below. My window is smashed from the heat.

“I ran into the girl next door because she has a child, we just had to run,” Sandra told the Herald.

Amanda Nally, who lives two floors above, told of her fear.

“You think you know a fire until there’s one below you. I smelled the smoke and looked out the window to see it all coming up towards me,” she said.

“There was lads breaking windows trying to get in, but the woman was taken out unconscious.”

Smashed

Ground-floor resident Christine Foy said she wasn’t even aware of the fire until somebody smashed one of her back windows thinking it was a window in the burning flat.

“It’s incredible that something like that can happen next to you and not be aware of it,” Ms Foy said.

Gardai said Ms Tormey was taken to Beaumont Hospital where she is in a stable condition.

“The block of flats was evacuated while the fire was being fought, and while the fire is not being treated as suspicious, the scene will be inspected to try and establish the cause,” said a garda spokesman.

Ms Tormey is well known in the area and lives alone.

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