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Plea for public to help families who lost homes in blaze in the run-up to Christmas

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The scene of the fire at The Gloucester Place this morning.

The scene of the fire at The Gloucester Place this morning.

The scene of the fire at The Gloucester Place this morning.

The local community in Dublin’s north inner city has set up an appeal to help the families who lost their homes to a fire this week.

A group of friends and neighbours attended a meeting in Sean McDermott Street yesterday morning to organise a fundraising drive.

Labour party TD Joe Costello is calling on the public to support the initiative and ensure the families have a roof over their heads come Christmas.

KINDNESS

“The people here are second to none, there is a great sense of kindness and support for each other and that is the unique characteristic of this community,” he said.

“We would hope that the public will get behind the community and recognise the fact that this could have been a tragedy where six people died if it wasn’t for the heroism of local people.”

Local resident Nicola Fitzgerald (32) said the response so far has “just been amazing” with new furniture and beds already pledged.

“We do get a bad name in this community but I tell you the way we all stick together is inspiring … we are all friends and neighbours here. It might be a tough area but it is full of great people.”

Members of the public can donate through idonate.ie or through the Bank of Ireland in Marino with the account number: 84680567 and sort code: 900543.

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