Car park fire "could have been an atrocity"

Fire crews safely evacuate building

Car park fire "could have been an atrocity"

A businessman and resident of Letterkenny’s main street said a fire in the car park underneath an apartment block last night could have been an “atrocity altogether”.

Sean Foody, who runs clothing store, Classic Casual Wear, on the main street, was one of the first on the scene after emergency services rushed to the blaze on Rosemount Lane at approximately 1.45am last night.

Mr Foody said the area where the fire occurred (pictured) spewed thick “toxic smoke” over the area and fire crews led many people, including young children, away to safety.

No one was injured in the incident but Mr Foody said the fire services bravely entered the building to evacuate the residents.

“The firemen led the people down from the apartments and they were brought to Dillon’s Hotel,” he said.

“There were adults and children brought down the stairs and the firemen brought them to safety. It could have been an atrocity altogether. There could have been a death toll. The smoke was just billowing out through some of the shops.”

Several businesses in the area were closed this morning to count the cost of the damage as an investigation continues into the cause of the blaze.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 1.45am and had brought the blaze under control by 4am.

Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the Donegal Democrat that gardaí are keeping an open mind to the cause of the fire until the results of the forensic examination are known.

“We are examining the scene and are canvassing the area for CCTV,” she said.

“We would appeal to witnesses who saw anything suspicious to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 074 91 67100.