Gardai Rescue Woman From Fire At House In Killarney

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Gardaí responded to a fire at a domestic residence in Killarney on Friday evening.

A call was received at approximately 9.20pm, with the initial report indicating that there was a smell of smoke coming from the property.

On arrival to scene, Gardaí did not observe any obvious signs of a fire. However, when they reached the back of the house, they could see smoke bellowing from a window.

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There was reason to believe that the homeowner was inside so an attempt was made to enter. Efforts to gain entry through the front door were unsuccessful. A small window was then smashed, and Gardaí managed to unlock the door.

Garda Eddie Meaney, Garda Martine Desmond, Garda Tom Moynihan and Garda Patrick Finnegan entered the property which was filled with smoke.

They found a woman lying on the floor and ascertained she was conscious but motionless. The woman was lifted from the floor by Gardaí and quickly taken outside where she received medical attention from Garda Martina Desmond and Garda Meaney.

The fire was later extinguished by local fire services and the woman, aged in her 60s, was taken to Kerry University Hospital to receive treatment for her injuries. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Four Garda members who responded to the incident received medical treatment following the incident, in particular two members suffering from smoke inhalation.

All four Gardaí have recovered and have resumed duty.  Peer support services have also been made available.

Speaking after the incident Superintendent Flor Murphy, Killarney commended the action of his frontline colleagues “Gardaí on a daily basis show selfless bravery and dedication to keeping people safe.  I have no doubt without the quick thinking and bravery of my colleagues Garda Meaney, Desmond, Moynihan and Finnegan that there would have been a tragic outcome to this incident. I am proud to work with these dedicated Gardaí.”

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