Massive Fire engulfs 20 storey Dubai Hotel

A massive fire has engulfed a luxury hotel near Dubai’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

The blaze has run up at least 20 stories of The Address Hotel near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper.

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Burning debris was seen falling from the building as firefighters raced to the scene.

The Dubai government media office tweeted that a “fire has been reported in the Address Downtown hotel.

“Authorities are currently on-site to address the incident swiftly and safely.”

Section 75 to begin following risk assessment on fire stations in Northern Ireland

Following a risk assessment of all 67 fire stations in Northern Ireland over a five year period, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) is to begin a Section 75 public consultation on how best to manage fire-fighter resources given the changing risk profile of Northern Ireland.

The assessment has identified that risk levels and resources in 11 stations were not effectively matched. Under the proposed new changes, four fire station areas have been identified by the NFRS which would benefit from additional whole-time fire-fighters whilst at the same time maintaining the Retained 24/7 cover.  The four stations are at Enniskillen, Downpatrick, Dungannon and Strabane. Wholetime firefighters would provide enhanced prevention, protection and emergency response from on a daily weekday basis, from 8am to 6pm.

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Fire stations at Coleraine, Carrickfergus, Antrim, Portadown, Armagh, Newtownards and Omagh currently have Wholetime firefighters based in the station 7 days a week from 7.30am to 7.30pm in addition to retained firefighters providing cover 24 hours a day.  Under the new proposal these seven other stations would maintain the Retained cover 24/7 whilst Wholetime firefighters would be based on station duty from Monday through Friday 8am to 6pm.

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Northern Ireland’s Assistant Chief Fire Officer Gary Thompson says the availability or number of fire appliances will not be impacted by these proposed changes.  “We have clearly identified a change in the risk profile of Northern Ireland and we need to adapt and remain flexible to the changing needs we face. If we were to introduce these new proposals we could redeploy up to 28 Wholetime posts to the identified stations to maximise the use of existing resources.  We have a duty to ensure that we provide the best possible fire and rescue service to the people of Northern Ireland” he said.

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The NIFRS is confident that this proposal would enable them to make the most effective and efficient use of our operational resources aligned to the risk profile of Northern Ireland. ACFO Thompson concluded “These proposed changes are subject to Section 75 consultation and review.  If accepted they will be introduced through a phased rollout over a 1-2 year period.”

Consultation will run for a 12 week period concluding on Monday 7th March 2016.

In October last, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service’s flagship Community Fire Station at Omagh scooped a top Construction Excellence Award. The new state of the art Fire Station and District Headquarters at Killybrack Road, Omagh won the award in the Social / Community Construction Category in the recent Construction Employers Federation Awards.  The Awards recognise and celebrate the best construction and civil engineering projects delivered by Northern Ireland companies over the past year.


Man impaled in object after falling through Carlow shopping centre ceiling

A man has been hospitalised after he became impaled while carrying out construction work at a unit inside the Fairgreen Shopping Centre, in Carlow town this afternoon. Emergency Times understands the man fell through a suspended ceiling, resulting in an object going through his arm.

Carlow County Fire & Rescue Service, the National Ambulance Service and local Gardai responded to the emergency call.  A Fire tender and an Emergency tender from Carlow Town (CW11) attended.

The casualty was removed to St. Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny. The Health & Safety Authority has been informed.


Dramatic scenes as crews working since Christmas Day against floods

Fire Brigade and voluntary services across the west, south west and southern areas have been working around the clock to help those affected by #StormFrank and flood waters. In Cork, Middletown, Bandon and the City are worst affected while in County Kilkenny, a ‘street has transformed into a full flowing river’ as the River Duiske has burst its banks. Kerry has also been badly affected while crews in County Laois have been working since Christmas Day to help communities affected by the storms.

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Main Street Graguenamanagh: (Pic: KCLR96FM Edward Hayden)

CORK: Cork City & County Fire Services have been working for more than 15 hours with a number of rescue operations taking place overnight. Cork City Fire Service responded to approximately 30 emergency calls overnight, while the County Fire Service also dealt with a high number of other emergencies.

Third Officer at Cork City Fire Service is Edward Buckley. He said fire crews have put in a very busy shift since last night. “We started getting calls from about 7.30pm last night from numerous parts of the city and then more severe calls came in. We took a woman and two children from a car in the Glanmire area that had become trapped as a result of the floods. Later on, three other people who were single occupants n cars were rescued”.

There was very severe flooding all over the city. People also became trapped in their cars in Blarney. Third Officer Buckley said additional crews were brought in and overtime rosters were implemented. Three people were rescued from a house in Middleton. The City fire service also attended calls in Ballinahasic, Ballygarvan, Blarney and other areas which are all outside the City fire service’s catchment area as the county fire service were so busy with other calls in other areas.

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Middleton, Co. Cork

KERRY: Residents were being evacuated by Kerry Civil Defence and Gardai in Killarney. Overnight, dozens of sandbags were ebing filled and deployed to homes under threat from flooding. Motorists were also rescued from their cars in flood waters while many others were evacuated and rescued from their homes by Kerry Civil Defence and Kerry Fire & Rescue Service. Rescue operations were still ongoing up to 5am this morning.

Kerry County Council has said an Orange weather warning remains in place. Ger O’ Brien, Acting SEO at Kerry Co Co said roads across the county remain closed as excessive surface water remains a problem across the county. The severe weather warnings remain in place until later today.”


GALWAY: Salthill and areas close to the City were said to be worst affected. Gardai and Galway County Council closed off the roads leading to the Prom in Salthill last evening while other parts of Galway were also affected. Galway Civil defence and the defence Forces deployed sandbags and assisted with flood prevention and rescue operations throughout yesterday.

The Gort area is once again bearing the brunt of severe weather conditions which continue to batter the county this morning. Local gardaí say flooding in and around Gort is getting progressively worse, and is expected to deteriorate further in the coming days. Gardaí say water levels in the Dunkellin River at Craughwell are rising, and may cause problems in the next 48 hours. Flood ing has also occurred on the N66 Gort to Loughrea road on the Gort side of Fahy’s Cross, but the route remains passable.

Council crews also dealt with significant flooding in Kilcreevanty in Tuam overnight while conditions in Ballinasloe have improved.

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(Pic: Galway Civil Defence)

LAOIS: Conditions in Mountmellick and Mountrath have improved, but only slightly. Laois County Council, Laois County Fire & Rescue Service and Laois Civil Defence have all been dealing with flood prevention and rescue calls since Christmas day clearing drains and roads and preparing sandbags for floods. The Local Authority was placed on ‘high alert’ on Christmas day and crews have been operational since.

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(Pic: Laois Civil Defence)

Director of Services with Laois County Council Kieran Kehoe said ‘The western half was worst affected by flooding with the Ballyfin and Mountrath areas inundated with calls. Other areas affected were Mountmellick, Rathdowney, Durrow and Cullahill. Our fire crews and civil defence are still on alert and ready to go if needed again’.

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(Pic: Laois County Fire & Rescue Service)

KILKENNY: Dramatic pictures and videos taken by Edward Hayden of KCLR96FM  showed flood water rising down Graiguenamanagh’s main street last night. One eyewitness said the ‘street has transformed into a full flowing river’ as the River Duiske burst its banks. Kilkenny Fire Service responded quickly to help the dozens of residents and business owners affected by the quick floods. This morning there is about 3 foot of water across the main Square and main street in the town.

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Kilkenny Fire Service and Gardai close off a road. (Pic: KCLR96FM)

Last night, water gushed through businesses, one by one, and rescue crews worked to provide as much early assistance as possible. Many businesses are closed in the town. Local reporter with KCLR96Fm  Edward Hayden praised the quick acon of Kilkenny Fire Service. “Water was gushing out of  the doors and windows of businesses. Furniture, pallets, stock, cans of paint, everything was just floating down the street.  The fire brigade were quick to respond and were very active last night. They did a sterling job keeping everybody safe as well as working on the water and floods.”

Areas affected in Kilkenny are the picturesque village of Inisteogue, Goslingtown, Graguenamanagh, Thomastown and also Urlingford. The Defence Forces have been arriving in convoy to Thomastown to assist gardai, fire service and the civil defence this morning.

CARLOW: The Leighlin Road at Lanigan’s Lough is closed due to flooding. Rivers Barrow, Burren and the Slaney are said to be a high and severe level this morning. Carlow Fire & Rescue Service have been out dealing with floods in affected areas. The flood defences are holding but that may not last for too long, according to Alan O’ Reilly at

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Pic: Carlow Fire & Rescue Service Twitter: @CarlowFRS)

Young man dies following latest Collision in Offaly

A NINETEEN year old man has died following a two car collision in County Offaly. The crash occurred on the R420, outside Geashill village between Tullamore and Portarlington. The crash happened at around 1.30pm.

A male driver, aged 19, was killed while the passenger was removed by Ambulance to the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore. A male driver of the second car was also taken to hospital.

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Garda Traffic Corps

The road between Geashil and Cloneygowan is closed to facilitate a Garda Forensic Collision investigation

Fire Crews swing into action to tackle fire at ‘private members’ club

Fire-fighters from West Midlands Fire Service have been fighting a blaze at a listed building which, according to local reports, has more recently been used as a swingers club.

The two-storey 17th century Stratford House near Highgate, Birmingham was badly damaged by the fire, which was discovered at around 11pm last night.

Birmingham Fire Swingers Club

Twenty-two fire-fighters of West Midlands Fire Service were committed to the blaze. Units of the fire service from stations at Highgate, Ladywood, Bournbrook and Hay Mills were alerted.

Watch Commander, Eve Greenhouse said: “At about 11pm last night four appliances turned out to the fire here with an aerial appliance to tackle a fire in the top section on the first floor. Nobody was here, it was closed for Christmas.”

Fire and police investigators are investigating the cause of the fire. WC Greenhouse added: “We still don’t know the possible causes. Police are helping us with investigations, they are just assisting our fire and research investigation team.”

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(Pic: West Midland Fire Service)

The Grade-II listed building in Stratford Place was transformed into the Tudor Lounge Club last January, for swingers and adult parties complete with its own downstairs fetish dungeon.

Fire crews said nobody was inside the building at the time as the private members’ club had been closed for the Christmas break. The structure of the building has been assessed as sound by the fire brigade.

Man dies following Offaly collision

One man has died following a collision in County Offaly. It is understood the car in which he was travelling in left the road and overturned before ending up in a flooded field.

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The collision occurred on the Tarraun road, Pollagh close to the Grand Canal, however, it’s not yet clear what time the incident may have happened, but Gardai say it may have occurred overnight.

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Two units of Offaly Fire & Rescue Service from Clara (OY13) and Ferbane (OY16) fire stations attended with three ambulances from the National Ambulance Service. An eyewitness said ‘Fire and Ambulance personnel worked frantically to try and save him at the scene’.

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Offaly Fire & Rescue Service

The Air Corps 122 helicopter also responded to the incident.

The injured man was taken to the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore where he was later pronounced dead.

Three houses damaged by fire, one extensively

A house has been gutted and another two damaged after a fire broke out at a house at Mill Lane, Castlewellan in Co. Down.

The fire was discovered at around 5am today.

Seven units of Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service attended the incident, where up to thirty-five fire-fighters fought to bring the blaze under control.

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Pic: (Patrick Clarke via Twitter)

One source said flames were shooting through he roof of the middle house when the fire brigade arrived. Both houses either side were also damaged following the fire.

There were no reports of any injuries and the fire is being treated as accidental.

Three seriously injured following Wexford collision

Three people are in a serious condition in hospital following a two vehicle collision on the outskirts of Wexford town tonight. The collision, between a car and a truck occurred at around 6.45pm in an area known locally as Mountain bar, on the R733, Duncannon road, about 3km from Wexford town.

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Initial reports suggested that multiple vehicles were involved in the incident, however, Gardai have confirmed there were just two.

The three males, whose ages are not yet known, were taken to Wexford General Hospital where they remain in a serious condition. The driver of the truck escaped uninjured.

Wexford Hospital

Three Units from Wexford County Fire Service attended the incident with one fire appliance and an Emergency Tender from Wexford town (WX11) and a fire appliance from New Ross (WX14) fire station while two ambulances from the National Ambulance Service are also understood to have attended.

Emergency Services closed the road on arrival, and the road will remain closed to facilitate a Forensic Collision examination of the scene.  Anyone with any information about the crash are asked to contact Wexford Garda Station on 053-9165200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.