Busy night for Dublin Fire Brigade as two separate blazes broke out across the city
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Busy night for Dublin Fire Brigade as two separate blazes broke out across the city

THE Dublin Fire Service was stretched to its limits this weekend as two separate incidents in the city required a combined nine fire brigades to tackle the blaze.

Seven units of Dublin Fire Brigade were deployed to a derelict warehouse on Richmond Road, Drumcondra in inner city Dublin, after a blaze broke out at 2 pm yesterday, bellowing a thick black smog over neighboring houses and streets.

Five pumps, two aerial units and a foam and a command unit battled until the early hours of this morning to control the blaze.

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The cause of the fire is not yet known, but it comes in the middle of a weekend where illegal bonfires are rife across the city, resulting in several separate incidents of a different nature.

An illegal bonfire in Baldoyle, south Fingal, last night set fire to Irish Rail power lines. Two fire engines were called to the scene and power had to be cut to overhead Irish Rail lines in the area.

A number of emergency services have pleaded with the public not to build bonfires this Halloween.

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The Dublin Society for the Protection of Animals is pleading with people stacking bonfires to leave wood they find by fields alone for fear of endangering horses.

Elsewhere, a Dublin fire engine was attacked when crew members approached a bonfire on Ossory Road in the North Strand area of Dublin 3 last Friday evening, while a firefighter based out of Blanchardstown suffered an injury to their ear after a firework was thrown.