Several businesses destroyed in Carlow Fire

Date Published : August 18th, 2015    Published By : admin

A number of businesses were destroyed by fire yesterday in the centre of Carlow town as a fire took hold in the roof and upper level of retail unit. The fire is believed t have started at around 4pm on Barrack Street in the town.


By Declan Keogh
Several Units of Carlow County Fire & Rescue Service attended the blaze. In total, eleven fire appliances were committed to the incident. Seven fire tenders, two water tankers, an Hydraulic Platform (Aerial Ladder) and the county’s Incident Command Support Unit were at the scene. Firefighters from Carlow, Bagenalstown and Tullow Fire Stations tackled the fire in sweltering heat.


Large crowds of on-lookers gathered on the road, subsequently the road became impassable. vehicular access to Barack Street from the Shamrock Square junction to the Kennedy Avenue junction was blocked and later closed by Gardai as fire brigade vehicles began to arrive. Low lying thick heavy smoke was a concern for many people in the area and other business owners.


Fire-fighters managed to contain the blaze and prevent it from spreading to other buildings.


Speaking to at the scene, Carlow’s Chief Fire Officer Gerard W. Guerin said the fire was well established on arrival. “It was contained to the upper level of the building mostly. We have crews from three stations and eleven fire appliances in total at the scene. We are also fighting the fire from access via the Tullow Street side”.


Meanwhile, speaking this morning to KCLR96FM News, the Chief Fire Officer confirmed that more than four businesses have been destroyed by the fire. “It was a very hot day yesterday which resulted in the windows in the roof being left opened, and this fanned the fire, causing it to spread rapidly”. He also said there doesn’t appear to be anything criminal about the incident.


Photos: (Declan Keogh)

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