Tuesday, October 02, 2012

CITY Square has fully re-opened following a fire at the plant room of Dunnes Stores yesterday (Monday), which saw all staff and customers evacuated from the shopping centre.

The fire started at the plant room on the roof of Dunnes Stores, which contains heating and ventilation, and units of Waterford Fire Service, backed up by units from Tramore and Dunmore, brought the fire under control.

Shortly after lunchtime a fire alarm went off throughout the building, which is home to a variety of stores, while shoppers in Dunnes Stores were told over the intercom to leave the building. Staff from all the retail outlets in the shopping centre left and head counts were preformed to ensure that all employees were accounted for.

One local shopper, Angela Hearne, who was amongst the numbers evacuated said, “I was in Dunnes doing the shopping when they announced that they were evacuating and everyone had to leave immediately. I was at the checkout and had to leave the food behind. Everyone just walked out, there was no panic or anything. When we got out we could smell the smoke.”

Crowds gathered outside the centre as firefighters on hydraulic platform sprayed water onto the roof area. Gardaí sealed off the area to keep members of the public out of harms way and access to the car park was not allowed during the incident.

Chief Fire Officer, Niall Curtain said they received a call at approximately 2.20pm and attended at the scene. He said the fire was contained in the plant room, which is smoke damaged. Members of the fire service assisted management in checking the building was safe before staff and customers were allowed to gain entry around 4pm.

No injuries were sustained during the fire. Management at City Square said they had no comment to make on the incident.

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