Woman escapes injury in early morning fire

Woman escapes injury in early morning fire


Emergency services at the scene of the fire in Pine Grove.


A woman escaped serious injury following an early morning fire at her Co Clare home.

The alarm was raised at around 6.40am when a fire was detected at the house in Pine Grove in Ennis.

Gardaí were first to arrive at the scene where they discovered an upstairs bedroom on fire. They helped the woman from the house and remained with her until fire and ambulance crews arrived.

Two units of the fire brigade arrived soon afterwards and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property to locate and tackle the fire and to ensure there was no one else inside.

The fire was quickly brought under control and was confined to a single room and the woman was alone in the house.

The woman, believed to be in her 50’s, was treated for almost an hour at the scene by ambulance paramedics but she did not travel to hospital.

The fire is believed to have started accidentally.

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.