Up to twenty houses have been evacuated as a result of a fire in Glassagh in Gaoth Dobhair yesterday (Wednesday). Emergency services rushed to the scene and discovered that a fire had broken out in a shed in the area at around lunch time yesterday. The shed contained a cylinder of what is understood to be acetylene gas and firemen were expected to work around the clock to keep the cylinder cool by pouring water on it until around mid-day today. It is understood that there up to three fire units attended the fire.
“Roads will be closed until 11am tomorrow (Thursday). Local diversions are in place. Donegal County Council have erected signs at the scene,” a garda spokesperson said.
Those living in neighbouring houses were evacuated as houses within a 200 metre to proximity had to be emptied in a bid to ensure everyone’s safety. The main road from Jack McFadden’s pub in Glassagh and Francie Coyle’s house in lower Brinalack was closed. Motorists were being urged to use the Glen Road or the Bun an Inver road yesterday and it is understood that the measure was being implemented up until mid day today.
There were no injuries as a result of the fire.