Residents evacuated after fire at Dublin apartment block

Blaze broke out at Verdemont complex off Snugborough Road on Wednesday evening.

Residents at an apartment block in Dublin were forced to vacate their homes following a serious fire on Wednesday evening.

Emergency services attended the scene after a major fire broke out at the apartment block in Blanchardstown.

The fire began at the Verdemont apartment block off the Snugborough Road at about 6.15pm on Wednesday.

The fire has since been brought under control.

A spokesman for Dublin Fire Brigade said there were six fire appliances, a water-tanker and two senior officers in attendance at the fire.

“When the fire was initially reported it was thought some people were missing - but they have now been accounted for. There are no injuries reported yet,” a spokesperson said.

A number of traffic diversions were put in place in the Blanchardstown area.

James May, his wife and three children have been living in the apartment block for the past six years.

He said their apartment was flooded following the fire.

“Our whole apartment is flooded . . . there’s about 15cm of water,” said Mr May.

“When I went to get stuff from the kitchen, all the bowls were floating into the bathroom.”

The May family said they would stay in St Vincent’s community centre in Cabra on Wednesday night, but were not sure how long the damage will take to be fixed or if they will be able to return.

“I don’t think we’ll send the kids to school tomorrow; they’re quite upset. Thank God no one was hurt or injured,” he said.

Another resident, Anna Glushkova, left the apartment block with her laptop under one arm and her pet cat Pingu under the other.

Ms Glushkova, who rents the apartment with her partner, said it was badly flooded following the fire.

“The whole apartment is flooded - part of the ceiling came off too because of the water damage. There are pieces of ceiling falling down into the apartments on the first floor,” she said.

“We’re going to stay in a hotel tonight but am not sure what we’ll do in the next few days. We’re just renting the apartment so I don’t know what the landlord will do.

“There is quite a lot of water damage so it could take a while to fix and it is going to be tough to find somewhere to live in a short space of time.

“Right now, I am glad everyone is ok, but we are worried about the future and where we will all live,” she said.

Fianna Fáil TD for West Dublin Jack Chambers said: “I was very pleased to hear that everyone has now been accounted for.

“My thoughts and concern is with those whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by this terrible incident and who will naturally be very upset and distressed. Every support should be offered to those affected.”

The Irish Times
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