Chimney stacks rise above the ashes of the row of houses in Millfield Manor, Newbridge, which were burned to the ground last night. A man has been arrested by gardai in relation to the incident.
Some residents, who did not wish to be identified, claimed that the local fire service was delayed unnecessarily by a blocked road which Kildare County Council has failed to open.
The main Kildare Fires Service HQ (pic 3) is in Newbridge, less than a kilometer from the scene of the fire. But the road between the two locations has been blocked (pic 4) by rubble and wooden barriers since the estate opened.
And according to local people, as a result, the fire tenders had to make a round trip of four kilometers to get to the scene yesterday afternoon.
Chief Fire Officer Celine Barrett, speaking to Broadsheet.ie, accepted that the blockage would cause a delay, but stated “It would only be a minute in the difference”. She said she did not believe the delay had any effect on the outcome of the fire, which started in one house and then spread to the rest, due mainly to strong winds. Ms Barrett said she understood it was the intention of the council to open the road in the near future.
Last Night: Meanwhile, In Newbridge
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