Author Topic: 12/30/10 Fire destroys part of former hospital, Co. Cork - Ireland  (Read 1159 times)

Offline IRISH

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 826
  • Gender: Male
Gardaí are investigating the outbreak of a fire at a former psychiatric hospital in Cork city, which they are treating as suspicious. The blaze, which broke out at the former Our Lady’s Hospital on Lee Road, Shanakiel, caused extensive damage to an unoccupied wing of the former hospital.

Gardai at Gurranabraher Garda station are conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire. Five units of the Cork City Fire Service, including three water tenders, responded to an emergency call shortly at 10.20pm on the 30th of December and battled for some 10 hours to bring the fire under control. Up to 30 fire-brigade personnel attended the scene and the fire was extinguished at the 18th century building in a number of hours.

A three-storey section of the historic building was destroyed in the blaze. The roof collapsed and there was partial collapse of a gable wall. Firefighters remained at the scene throughout the night and until midday yesterday to make sure all elements of the fire were extinguished. Fire officer with Cork City Council Fire Service, Noel Rawley said dealing with fires in old buildings can be difficult and they can take hold before they are noticed.

Photos   >

Photos 2 > for the Latest Firefighting News / Incidents from Ireland
or Follow Us On Twitter @FireIreland