Gardaí investigate fire at former Kilrush hotel

Gardaí investigate fire at former Kilrush hotel

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Update

Wednesday 11.05am – Fire crews were requested to return to the scene in the early hours of the morning after thw blaze reignited. The scene has been preserved pending completion of a technical examination.

Fire crews and Gardaí at the scene in Kilrush this evening – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Earlier: Gardaí are investigating the cause of a fire at a former hotel in Kilrush tonight.

The alarm was raised at around 7.30pm when it was reported that a fire had broken out in the former Inis Cathaigh Hotel at Lower Frances Street.

Two units of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service from nearby Kilrush station were mobilised to the incident along with local gardaí. A third unit of the fire service was also sent to the incident from Kilkee.

On arrival, fire crews began tacking the blaze while other firefighters wearing breathing apparatus commenced a search of the property to ensure there was no one inside. The building, which has been derelict for many years, was found to be empty. It is known that the building is frequentes by rough sleepers and others.

Frances Street was closed to traffic between the Toner Street and Hector Street junctions while fire crews dealt with the incident.

It’s understood the fire broke out in the upper floors of the building.

Gardaí at Kilrush are investigating the cause of the fire.

Fire crews from Kilrush and Kilkee attended the incident – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019
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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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