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Monday 18 December 2017

Drivers urged to 'think' as parked cars hold up ambulance for child

The image tweeted by DFB of the street in Booterstown
The image tweeted by DFB of the street in Booterstown

Dublin Fire Brigade was delayed in responding to an unconscious child by cars parked on both sides of the street in south Dublin.

Emergency services rushed to a call in the Booterstown area on Thursday evening.

However, two response vehicles, including an ambulance was forced to re-route due to the manner in which the cars were parked.

DFB tweeted a picture of the scene and, while there are no yellow lines or any other parking restrictions, the service has urged people to be mindful when they are parking.

"Dublin Fire Brigade urge people to think about access for emergency service vehicles when parking in the street," a spokeswoman said.

Review

Fianna Fail councillor Cormac Devlin, who is the Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown said he will ask the council to review parking in the estate in question.

He said that this is not the first time the issue has been brought to his attention.

"I'll raise the issue with the council, and in fact they are already looking at it. Maybe some double yellow lines may be necessary," he said.

"When I attend residents meetings something that is always raised is the issue of emergency access and this just highlights that this can happen anywhere.

"If it had been a life or death situation there could have been serious issues with access."

It is understood that the child the emergency teams were trying to reach is now recovering.

Blaze

Meanwhile, a woman and child had to be rescued by fire crews after a blaze broke out at a flat in Dublin early this morning.

There were 15 people in the building on the North Circular Road when the alarm was raised shortly after 5am.

Four units of DFB responded to the fire on the top floor of the three-storey property near the Phoenix Park.

The man who raised the alarm told how the drama unfolded.

"I don't know what time it was, but the noise of the alarms woke me and I looked out my door. I could see smoke pouring out from under my neighbour's door," he said.

"I ran down and got into his flat and he was stumbling around in the black smoke. There were flames engulfing his bedroom, so I just dragged him out and started banging on the doors and getting people out," he added.

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