Bellharbour cottage destroyed by fire

Bellharbour cottage destroyed by fire

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A man has escaped injury after his thatched cottage was destroyed by fire in Co Clare this evening.

The fire broke out at around 5.15pm at the property in Bellharbour in the north of the county.

It’s understood that passerby spotted flames coming from the chimney and alerted the occupant. The fire service was called and told there was a chimney fire at the property.

A unit of the fire brigade from Ennistymon was sent to the scene however while en route, fire crews were told the incident had been upgraded to a domestic fire. A second appliance from Ennistymon was then dispatched to assist.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

On arrival, fire crews found the building ‘well alight’ and requested additional resources. Two units of the fire service from Gort, Co Galway were also sent to the scene.

While one cottage has been completely destroyed fire crews have prevented the fire from spreading to an adjacent unoccupied property.

Gardaí also attended the scene while fire crews are expected to be dealing with the incident for several hours yet.

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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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