Two Gardaí were recognized for their ‘immense bravery’ after rescuing a 70-year-old man and a young woman from a fire in Dublin this afternoon, reports RTE.
A huge fire broke out in a house in the De Vesky Terrace area of Monkstown, south Dublin, at around 12.30pm.
Dun Laoghaire-based Garda Dean Gahan and Garda Steven Carton arrived shortly after to find the house ablaze with thick smoke billowing from the property, reports RTE.
After discovering a man in the basement, they broke down a hallway door to enter the building and get the woman, in her 20s, to safety.
They then went inside to look for the others before finding the man in his 70s in the back of the house and taking him to a safe place.
Gardaí says residents of nearby properties have also been moved to safety as a precaution, reports RTE.
The fire caused ‘extensive’ structural damage to the property before being brought under control by three units of the Dublin Fire Brigade.
Garda Chief Superintendent Matthew Nyland praised both guards, saying she was “extremely fortunate” that no one was seriously injured or lost their lives.
“I have no doubt that this is primarily a result of the quick thinking and actions of all first responders, particularly Garda Dean Gahan and Garda Steven Carton. Gardaí Gahan and Carton showed immense bravery entering a very dangerous situation and putting fears for their own personal safety aside to assist others,” he said, reports RTE.
Gardai said the initial investigation indicates the cause of the fire may have been accidental and said foul play was not suspected at present.
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