GARDAÍ and fire units from Cork city were at the scene of a fire and a possible public order incident in Blackpool yesterday.
Fire units were called at around 9.30am to a house fire in Ardpatrick in Blackpool before gardaí were called after witnesses claimed they saw a man and woman in a physical altercation.
Two fire units dealt with the blaze in just over an hour. Eyewitnesses told the Evening Echo that they saw smoke coming from the house at around 9.30am.
“The dog was barking out the back and I went out and saw a little bit of smoke coming out of the back of the house,” the witness said.
“I went back inside, phoned the fire brigade and as I was speaking to them, the fire got worse.”
The woman said that shouting was heard coming from the premises at the time.
“The guards and fire brigade were out quickly to put a stop to it but it’s quite frightening to live in this area which is a quiet cul-de-sac road really.”
Residents said there has been an increase in anti-social behaviour in recent times.
“Recently there has been more of this type of activity and I’m afraid to leave the kids out onto the road, to go to the shop or play with other kids.”