Ennis business escapes fire damage

Ennis business escapes fire damage


Fire crews at the scene of last night’s fire on Francis Street in Ennis – © Pat Flynn 2014

An Ennis business escaped serious damage after a fire broke out on the premises last night.

A quick thinking passerby alerted the emergency services shortly before 9.00pm and remained at the scene until fire crews arrived.

Three units of the fire brigade from Ennis were sent to the scene arriving in a matter of minutes from their station only a short distance away.

It wasn’t clear from the emergency call where exactly the fire was and all fire crews knew is that they were responding to an incident on Francis Street.

On arrival in the area fire crews were flagged down by a group of people outside the Rainbow laundry.

Fire personnel quickly established that there was a fire on the premises and fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building to ensure there was no one inside.

The fire was soon located and brought under control and while the building was filled with smoke, there was “minimal” fire damage.

The fire is believed to have started in a basket of clothing and is not thought to be suspicious.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.