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Emergency services at the scene of a fire on Market Street, Ennis.

Ennis building gutted after fire

  A derelict building in the centre of Ennis was gutted following a fire on Thursday night. The Clare Fire Service were called to the scene of a fire in the former O’Neill’s Furniture Store in Lower Market Street, Ennis at around 9.41 pm. Three units of the Ennis Fire Brigade and one from Shannon worked to bring the fire under control. It is understood that the blaze started at the rear of the unused premises, which fronts onto Carmody Street and quickly spread to the front part. The road near the building was closed off while the firemen were battling the blaze and traffic was diverted with the assistance of Ennis Gardaí. One person in an adjoining property was evacuated as a result of suffering from what was described by Clare Chief Fire Officer, Adrian Kelly as a small amount of smoke inhalation and treated by ambulance personnel. Having secured and tided up the building, the last fire brigade left …

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Farmer uninjured as tractor catches fire

A farmer had a lucky escape yesterday when his tractor caught fire while driving through the village of Clarecastle. The incident happened at around 1.40pm near the bridge on the outskirts of the village and the man had to jump from the cab after the tractor burst into flames. The driver managed to pull the vehicle into the kerb before jumping to safety. Emergency services and two units of the fire brigade attended the scene and gardaí from Ennis closed the road to traffic while fire crews brought the outbreak under control.

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University Hospital Limerick.

Gardai treat Corofin fire as “suspicious”

Gardai are treating as suspicious a fire at a house in Corofin which resulted in two people having to be taken to University Hospital Limerick for treatment. The fire occurred around 8am this morning at the house at Gort Road and gardai have since completed a technical examination of the scene. Several units of the fire brigade and two ambulances from Ennis responded to the incident. Both men, one a pensioner who lived at the house, and a man who helped rescue him from the property, were treated with oxygen at the scene before being removed to hospital.

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Wildfires on Ben Dash

Clare County Fire and Rescue Service is advising landowners to desist from burning activities due to a heightened risk of gorse, forest and bog fires. The Fire Service says the warm, dry weather, combined with easterly winds, has created “tinderbox” conditions across the county Firefighters from Ennis, Kilrush and Ennistymon responded to one of the largest wildfires of the year to date last evening when two square kilometres of bog and gorse were scorched on Ben Dash, located between Lissycasey and Kilmaley. Brigades were in attendance for nearly 11 hours at fires in the area. With forecasts suggesting a return to drier conditions early next week, following some light rain this weekend, the Fire Service says the risk posed by uncontrolled burning remains high. Denis O’Connell, senior assistant chief fire officer said that there has been significant damage to forestry and land as a result of last night’s fire. He also asked that people are vigilant and that they call the …

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Woman dies after Hurler’s Cross fire

A woman was pronounced dead following a fire at a house in Firgrove at Hurler’s Cross in the early hours of this morning. The alarm was raised at around 1.30am and the emergency services were summoned. The woman was 70 years of age and she was pronounced dead shortly after 5am at the scene. Her name has not been released at the time of writing.

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Elderly man escapes from Ennis house fire

An elderly man had a lucky escape last night after his home at Mc Hugh Villas in Ennis was extensively damaged by fire. The alarm was raised shortly before 7pm when neighbours noticed a fire in the front room of the end-of-terrace bungalow. McHugh Villas is an estate primarily occupied by elderly residents. It’s understood the man tried to bring the outbreak under control initially before the fire services were alerted. Three units of the fire brigade along with gardaí from Ennis responded to the incident. Fire personnel quickly set about tackling the blaze and firemen battled to ensure the fire didn’t spread to adjoining property. The fire was brought under control within 30 minutes.

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Gardaí at the scene in Kildysart on Wednesday. Photograph by John Kelly.

Husband and wife die in family tragedy

The tragic deaths of a South African couple in Kildysart on Wednesday night has sent shockwaves through the small community. Senior garda sources have confirmed that the woman, aged 27, and her husband, aged 44, “died by violence” but are not in a position to state the cause of death until post mortem examinations have been carried out. The couple had been living in Kildysart since March of this year. Gardaí are treating the investigation as a tragic domestic incident. They are not looking for a third party but are anxious to hear from any witnesses or anybody who may have been in the general area between 6pm and 7.30pm, when the tragedy unfolded on Kildysart’s Main Street. The woman was seen running into the street by a garda, who was attending the scene of a fire at a local hardware shop. She collapsed on the street and despite efforts to revive her by fire services personnel, who were already …

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Emergency services respond to Ennis fire

GARDAI, fire fighters and paramedics have all responded to a fire affecting three apartments in Ennis this evening. They were called to the scene shortly after 5pm  with thick smoke billowing from three apartments close to the junction of O’Connell Street and Barrack Street. A Garda at the scene said that no one had been injured and no one had been in any of the apartments. Vehicles are being diverted away from the end of O’Connell Street closest to the Cathedral and there is currently no vehicular access to  Barrack Street.  

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