Seven families left homeless after Dublin apartment fire
Seven families have been left homeless after a huge fire broke out at a high-rise apartment block in Dublin over the weekend.
Seven units of Dublin Fire Brigade were called to extinguish the fire after it broke out at the Falcon’s View complex beside the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown on Sunday.
There have been no injuries reported despite the extensive damage and locals have said that it is an "absolute miracle" that nobody was hurt.
The incident occurred at around 4.30 pm when authorities were first alerted and the fire spread through floors seven to 12.
The fire was put out at around 7 pm and the families affected are now waiting to see when or if they can return to their homes, with seven completely uninhabitable.
Fine Gael councilor Punam Rane has said that the main priority is that the families now left homeless are placed in accommodation.
She told The Irish Daily Mail that as emergency services work to find out what caused the fire, they believe it was an electrical fault.
She said: "I was talking to one of the firefighters and he was telling me that it could have been an electrical fault.
"Also, we have had a few days of very hot weather and that heat could have affected some electronics which were exposed. They are now trying to figure out the source. It could be something simple but that’s what they are looking at right now. I say we will know more tomorrow.
"There are seven families who are now having to leave their home. They will be accommodated of course. We were just discussing this with my Fine Gael colleagues."