Video: Residents evacuated from MacCurtain Street apartments as firefighters tackle blaze

Video: Residents evacuated from MacCurtain Street apartments as firefighters tackle blaze
Emergency services at the scene of a fire in a premises on MacCurtain Street. Pic; Larry Cummins

THIRTY-FIVE people and a dog had a lucky escape yesterday morning when their building went up in smoke.

The fire, which began in the rear of the ground floor, completely destroyed the wedding shop ‘Love Story’ that fronted the building.

Agnes Katkevicivte, who lives on the ground floor with her housemate and her dog ‘Roxy’, said she was so grateful the fire alarm went off.

“The alarm is so sensitive in this building, it goes off all the time, most of the time it is someone cooking.

Emergency services at the scene of a fire in a premises on MacCurtain Street. Pic; Larry Cummins
Emergency services at the scene of a fire in a premises on MacCurtain Street. Pic; Larry Cummins

“When I heard it this morning I thought it was someone burning their breakfast, but it turned out to be a big fire and it saved my life,” she said.

The landlord for the ground floor and first floor of the building, Don McCauliffe, said he was glad everyone got out safely and the fire alarm did its job.

“The building survived the damage, all the accommodation is fine, there is some smoke damage to the hallways, but that is the extent of the damage and we will deal with that.”

Mr McCauliffe said the concrete walls are what saved the fire from spreading further.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer David Spillett told the Evening Echo that ‘Red Watch’ fire crew responded to the call of a fire at the commercial property yesterday morning around 8am.

Emergency services at the scene of a fire in a premises on MacCurtain Street. Pic; Larry Cummins
Emergency services at the scene of a fire in a premises on MacCurtain Street. Pic; Larry Cummins

Three appliances attended the scene along with a hydraulic pump.

“The cause of the fire is still under investigation. There was some smoke damage to the building, but the fire itself was contained to the unit,” he said.

Mr Spillett said he was very happy with the response of the fire service and the work that they did.

“It was a good, timely response. I was very happy with the work that was carried out. The fire was dealt with properly and in good time,” he said.

The owner of the bridal shop was said to be distraught by the damage to the store.

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