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Sunday 18 August 2019

'We ran for our lives' - residents flee from apartment block fire

Resident Leonardo Pereiro (27) told the Herald he was woken up by smoke blowing into his bedroom.
Resident Leonardo Pereiro (27) told the Herald he was woken up by smoke blowing into his bedroom.

Dozens of residents had to be evacuated from their homes after a fire broke out at their apartment block in the city centre.

Five fire engines and a number of specialist units were sent to tackle the blaze at Greeg Court on Parnell Street at 11am yesterday.

Dublin Fire Brigade also sought the assistance of the ESB, which regularly works with firefighters during similar emergencies.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Blaze

A number of armed detectives were seen entering the building after the blaze was put out.

Traffic restrictions were put in place while emergency services worked to minimise disruption to the Luas service.

Resident Leonardo Pereiro (27) told the Herald he was woken up by smoke blowing into his bedroom.

"When I realised what was happening, I went up to the roof to try to put out the fire, but there were no fire extinguishers around," he said.

"I saw that the wooden floor of the roof was up in flames and it was getting bigger, so I had no choice but to escape.

"We needed to run to save our lives.

"I've been here for two-and-a-half hours, but none of us is sure when we're allowed to go back inside."

Alarm

Roommates Jotham Berry (20) and Travis Skelton (20) said they initially did not take the fire alarm seriously when it first went off.

"They have gone off before," said Mr Berry, "but when we went outside someone told us that an actual fire had broken out.

"We started going around door to door to tell people to evacuate, but to be honest some people weren't that concerned.

"It's only my second day in Dublin, so it's a bit of bad luck," he added.

"Thankfully, nothing has been destroyed or anyone injured, so it could have been much worse."

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