Teenager helps children to safety from house fire

Teenager helps children to safety from house fire

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Firefighters at the scene this evening – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

A young man managed to evacuate three young children from a house in Co Clare tonight after a fire broke out in the kitchen.

The 19-year-old then returned to the house and used a fire extinguisher to tackle the fire before he was beaten back by smoke and flames and had to leave himself and call for help.

It’s understood the teenager had been taking a shower upstairs when the blaze broke out in the kitchen of the house on the Gort Road in Ennis. After being alerted to the fire, he ran downstairs and quickly got three children out of the building to safety.

Two units of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service from Ennis station and an ambulance from the nearby Ennis General Hospital responded to the scene along Gardaí. On arrival at the scene, emergency services found the kitchen area ‘well alight’ and smoke billowing from a number of windows.

Firefighters at the scene this evening – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Fire service personnel wearing breathing apparatus carried out a search of the property to ensure there was no one else inside, while other firefighters set about tackling the blaze.

Fire crews quickly established that the only persons in the house at the time had gotten out safely.

The fire was quickly brought under control however the kitchen was extensively damaged while the entire house suffered smoke damage. Fire crews ventilated the building to clear the smoke before leaving the scene.

The teenager was assessed at the scene by National Ambulance Service paramedics but didn’t require hospitalisation. The three children were unharmed.

The fire is understood to have started accidentally in the kitchen.

 

 

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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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