Gardaí rescue unconscious man from flat fire

Gardaí rescue unconscious man from flat fire


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Three gardaí were treated for smoke inhalation after they rescued an unconscious man from an apartment fire in Co Clare this morning.

The man, who was the sole occupant of the flat, was also treated at the scene but refused to travel to hospital.

The fire broke out at an apartment in the Kincora complex in Shannon at around 2.30am.

A neighbour raised the alarm and local gardaí arrived at the scene within minutes. Officers had to force their way into the property to search for any occupants.

Members located an ‘unresponsive man’ lying on a couch and pulled him to safety.

Two units of the fire brigade from Shannon Town also responded to the incident and quickly set about tackling the blaze.

In the meantime, fire service first responders administered oxygen to the gardaí while they waited for an ambulance to arrive.

The gardaí were also assessed at the scene by paramedics but did not require hospitalisation. The man they saved was also treated at the scene but declined to travel to hospital.

Superintendent Brendan McDonagh praised his officers for their efforts.

“I wish to commend the quick and professional response of our members from Shannon and the bravery they showed. They no doubt saved this man’s life,” Supt’ McDonagh said.

Gardaí have confirmed 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.