GARDAI are investigating the circumstances surrounding a major fire in the south of the county over the weekend. Five fire units and up to 40 firemen took a number of hours to bring the blaze at Rosedale Furniture in Mooncoin under control on Friday night-Saturday morning. The alarm was raised at 11.12pm and fire tenders from County Kilkenny and Waterford city rushed to the scene. A senior officer described the situation as difficult and it took five hours to bring the “inferno” under control with hundreds of thousands of euro in smoke, fire and water damage caused to the property and the contents.
At approximately 4.30am, the firemen handed over the scene to the Gardaí, who preserved it pending a technical examination. There were no injuries in the incident.
The firefighters were pleasantly surprised when three local women took it upon themselves to provide them with sandwiches, sausage rolls, light refreshment, biscuits, tea and coffee at around 2.30am.
“It was an amazing example of community spirit and one which the men really appreciated as they tried to contain the fire,” a spokesman for the fire service said. The three women were Kathleen O’Driscoll, Anne Dobbyn and Rose Mahon, all from Comeragh View Housing estate in the village.
The spokesman also thanked Dawn Meats, which facilitated the fire and rescue services by allowing access to their large capacity of water
First on the scene was Waterford city tender (full-time), followed by the part-time crews from Thomastown; Callan and Kilkenny city along with Dunmore East and Freshford stations.
In all there were 11 fire appliances on-site, including one high-reach ladder platform from Waterford city and one high-reach ladder platform from Kilkenny city and three water tankers from Dunmore east, Thomastown and Freshford.
Gardai are seeking the public’s assistance and members of the public can ring Mooncoin station on 051 832738 or Thomastown station on 056 7754157 in strict confidence.