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Extensive damage in Castlebar and Ballinrobe fires

Extensive damage to properties in Castlebar and Ballinrobe fires

Edwin McGreal

People had to be evacuated from four homes in a Castlebar building while three fire crews were called during a Ballinrobe fire as extensive damage was caused to buildings in both towns in the last week. Neither is believed to have been malicious in nature.
Five people had to be evacuated from Burleigh House in Castlebar (located at the junction of Ellison Street and The Mall) when a fire took hold in the roof of the three storey building late on Tuesday night last.
The local fire brigade attended at the scene at 12.10am on Wednesday morning, nine minutes after receiving a call from Gardaí, who had already evacuated the apartments.
The fire was under control at 12.45am after crews from both Castlebar and Westport attended. No one was injured and while considerable damage was caused to the roof, there was no fire damage to any of the apartments but a lot of smoke damage.
Meanwhile early on Saturday evening three fire crews were called to Gannon’s Restaurant and Hotel on Main Street in Ballinrobe. Damage was caused to bedrooms on the top floor of the new extension of the hotel and while the fire could be seen from afar, a spokesperson for the Mayo Fire Service described the fire as ‘looking worse than it was’.
Nonetheless three fire crews were called, from Ballinrobe, Claremorris and Castlebar, and firemen had to go into the building to extinguish the fire. They managed to contain the fire in the new extension and brought the fire under control within half an hour of arriving on the scene.