Small fire forces evacuation of Ennis offices

Small fire forces evacuation of Ennis offices


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

An office block in Ennis was evacuated this morning after the building’s automatic fire alarm was activated.

Three units of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service from Ennis station responded to the alarm along with Gardaí. The activation, at the premises on Station Road, is understood to have occurred at around 11.45am.

It’s understood that only the top area of the three floor premises is occupied while staff from an adjacent building also left their offices as a precaution.

An initial inspection of the building found no trace of fire however fire crews did detect a burning odour.

As firefighters continued their investigation of the building they discovered evidence of a possible fire in the attic area. Power to the building was disconnected so that firefighters could work safely.

Personnel wearing breathing apparatus gained access to the roof area in an effort to reach and deal with what’s been described as a small fire.

Staff from the second building were allowed return to their offices shortly after 1.00pm.

No one was injured in the incident while little damage was caused.

Fire crews discovered a small fire in the attic area – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019
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.