Man treated after Cratloe house fire

Man treated after Cratloe house fire


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
Fire crews found the fire had spread to the roof – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A man was treated for smoke inhalation following a house fire near Cratloe last night.

The alarm was raised at around 5.00pm when the regional fire control centre in Limerick received a call about a bedroom fire at a house at Castlequarter near Cratloe.

Three units of the fire brigade from Shannon were sent to the scene and found the fire had spread into the attic area.

Assistance was sought from the nearest station and a unit of the fire brigade from Limerick City was mobilised to the scene.

Fire crews also requested an ambulance for a man in his 40’s reported to be suffering from smoke inhalation. Fire service first responders cared for the man and administered oxygen until an ambulance arrived.

The man was treated at the scene by HSE paramedics but did not require hospitalisation.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
The man was treated at the scene by paramedics – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Efforts to contain the fire were hampered by strong winds while the property was also on an elevated site making it further exposed.

ESB engineers were also called to the incident to make the scene safe for fire fighters to work.

Gardaí have confirmed that they are treating the fire as accidental.

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.