City hotel evacuated after fire in kitchen
Guests at a Dublin hotel were forced to wait outside in freezing conditions as the premises was evacuated after a room in the building began to fill with smoke.
The incident happened at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown at approximately 2am yesterday morning, leaving guests in the rain as the cause of the smoke was examined (inset).
Members of the Dublin Fire Brigade responded and attended the scene.
It is not exactly known what caused the room, believed to be the kitchen, to fill with smoke.
Local community activist TJ Clare, who lives adjacent to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, described how his building was also evacuated due to the minor incident.
"We had to vacate the building at around 2am because the fire alarm went off. I wasn't sure quite what happened but there were a lot of people standing outside the hotel in their pyjamas," Mr Clare said.
"Credit to the staff they reacted very well to the situation, they knew what to do. As I was going back in to my apartment I saw them coming out to the guests with cups of tea, it was good to see," he added.
The hotel refused to comment on the incident.