Primary school gutted by fire as Dublin Fire Brigade battle blaze for hours early this morning
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Primary school gutted by fire as Dublin Fire Brigade battle blaze for hours early this morning

DUBLIN FIRE Brigade spent hours tackling a ferocious blaze at a primary school in the Coolock area of Dublin this morning.

A resident of the area raised the alarm at approximately 6.10am this morning, Wednesday October 16th, when they noticed thick smoke pouring from the building.

The substantial fire blazed for over two hours, with Dublin Fire Brigade advising local residents to keep their windows closed to prevent smoke from entering their houses.

One resident has been taken to hospital as a result of smoke inhalation, according to reports.

The fire fighters required a tanker, five pumps, a turntable ladder, emergency tender and foam unit to tackle the blaze.

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While the smoke has now reduced significantly, it was too late to save the building, which, according to reports, has suffered a collapsed roof.

The fire has devastated the local community, with many lamenting the loss of the school which they grew up in or where their own children were attending.

But as is so often the case when a community is hit by tragedy, people have come together and have organised a local centre for those affected by the fire to drop in to.

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The cause of the fire has not yet been identified, and an investigation is underway.