Kilrush family bakery hit by fire

Kilrush family bakery hit by fire

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
One man was treated by paramedics but didn’t require hospitalisation – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

An elderly man was treated for smoke inhalation following a fire at a family bakery in Co Clare yesterday.

The blaze broke out in the bakery area at the rear of the popular Kilrush business on O’Dea’s Road at around 3.00pm. The retail section of the business, run by the Flynn family for several decades, is located on at the front of the building on Vandeleur Street.

Three units of the fire brigade and an ambulance rushed to the scene. Fire crews quickly located the fire in the bakery at the back of the shop.

An elderly man was treated at the scene for a time by ambulance paramedics. He was assessed and treated in an ambulance for the effects of smoke inhalation but did not require hospitalisation.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze which was confined to the rear of the business. Gardaí closed O’Dea’s Road to traffic while fire crews dealt with the blaze.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

The fire was contained in the bakery area which was extensively damaged. No one else was injured in the incident.

The blaze was quickly brought under control and prevented from spreading to two vehicles parked at the rear of the property.

An ESB engineer was also requested to attend the incident and make the scene safe for firefighters.

A local man said: “That businesses has been here in town for years. It was the only place for a long time where you could get a cake. I hope that’s not the end of the business for the Flynn’s because it looks like there’s a lot of damage done.”

Several locals gathered on O’Dea’s Road and were clearly upset by the incident.

“I’m gutted for them. They’re in an awful state after it. At least no one was hurt, that’s the only thing,” a neighbour said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated while it wasn’t clear last night whether the business would be able to continue.

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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.

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