SMOKE alarms saved at least four lives over the Halloween weekend in Kilkenny. The fire services responded to two calls where occupants were alerted to fires and able to escape thanks to smoke alarms.
A young mother and her two infants had a lucky escape after a fire broke out in the attic of a new bungalow in Barrow Court, Goresbridge.
A spokesperson for Kilkenny Fire Rescue Service said if there hadn’t been smoke alarm installed in the attic of the house the family might not have made it out alive.
The fire broke out in the roof space of the new bungalow in Goresbridge on Friday O just after 6pm. When the fire started there were three people in the house, a mother and her two infant children, aged one and two. The mother went to investigate the smoke alarm and discovered a fire spreading rapidly through the roof space of the house.
Two units of the fire service responded to the fire, Thomastown and Graignamanagh. It was the first call out for the new Thomastown fire engine. The fire was quickly brought under control but had already caused the roof of the house to collapse. “Between Thomastown and Graignamanagh fire brigades the main body of the fire was quickly knocked down, but due to the roof collapsing, the dampening down operation took a number of hours to put out all of the hot spots,” a spokesperson for the Fire Service said.
The importance of having a working smoke alarm in the home was highlighted by a second fire over the weekend. On Sunday Morning at 1.30am the Kilkenny Fire Service responded to a call in McDonangh junction. A smoke alarm had alerted a resident in McDonagh junction to a burning chip pan. Two members of Kilkenny Fire Service in breathing apparatus tackled the small fire in an apartment. One person was taken to St Lukes hospital where they were treated for smoke inhalation.
“Again the importance of a working smoke alarm is underlines. The smoke alarmed alerted the occupants and they were able to do the right thing and call the fire service,” said a spokesperson for Kilkenny Fire Service.
Halloween is a particularly busy time for fire services around the country. Kilkenny Fire Service responded to four call-outs over the bank holiday weekend. A spokesperson for the fire service said that they only had to respond to a single call out for a bonfire. The spokesperson said that in general bonfires around Kilkenny had been well supervised this year.