The emergency services were praised in Cork last night for their rapid and exceptional response to an incident in which three children suffered burns after a petrol canister exploded in their home yesterday.
The incident happened at around 6.30pm when a canister containing petrol was brought into the house and shortly exploded inside the home in Drinagh, Drimleogue, Cork.
Three children, including five month old twins and a one-year old boy suffered burns to their bodies.
Frantic calls were made to the emergency services which resulted in a major response.
The National Ambulance Emergency Operations Centre coordinated a number of resources to the incident. Ambulances with Advanced Paramedics, Paramedics, Cork’s Rapid Response Doctor service response were all mobilised by the NAS while the Irish Coast Guard station at Valentia coordinated the air lift and coast guard response with crews from Toe-head Coast Guard and the Shannon based rescue helicopter.
All three children were treated at the scene and subsequently airlifted by R115 to Cork University Hospital where their conditions are said to be non-life threatening.
Locals at Drinagh, West Cork have praised the emergency services for their rapid response which helped save the children.
Photos: (National Ambulance Service and East Cork Rapid Response)