Dumped rubbish set alight caused Dublin Fire Brigade to be called

By Mary Dennehy

DUBLIN Fire Brigade (DFB) attended three fires this week, which were all believed to have started after rubbish was set alight.

A crew from Tallaght Fire Station attended the first fire at the Luas Red Cow park-and-ride on Monday, and prevented a bush blaze from spreading.

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Fighting the fire at the Luas Red Cow (pic - DFB) 

Taking to Twitter, DFB said that Luas security fought the fire, which is believed to have been started after dumped rubbish was set alight, until crews arrived.

Later on Monday evening, Tallaght crews were called out again after a large amount of rubbish was set alight at the rear of Kishoge Community College in Lucan.

On Tuesday night, crews were in Deerpark, Tallaght, and prevented a fire set outside a communal bin store area from spreading.

According to DFB: “The fascia and soffet had been melted from previous fires, allowing embers to travel into the roof space without hindrance.”

In a comment to The Echo after attending the three fires, Dublin Fire Brigade said: “DFB encourages communities to engage with their local councils, or management companies, to prevent littering, and report any illegal dumping directly to the council or fixmystreet.ie.

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Fire at kishogue community college 

“Dumping of rubbish not only attracts rodents, but is also an easy target for arsonists.

“Small rubbish fires can quickly spread out of control, threatening buildings and vehicles and causing thousands of euros of damage.

DFB added: “Never use the services of unregistered waste collectors.

“These services are normally advertised by a flyer distributed in local estates.

“Waste collected by these services are commonly dumped at local natural amenities or the side of the road and burned.

“If there is evidence of a householder’s rubbish in the debris, they could be subject to a fine by the litter warden.”

DFB also stressed that they are encouraging parents to teach their children the dangers of experimenting with fire and the injuries and damage the setting of fires can cause. Report dumped material to South Dublin County Council on 4149000 or report it on www.fixmystreet.ie.

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