Gardai rushed three firefighters to hospital in the early hours of this morning following an explosion at a farm fire.
Emergency Services in Cork were called to a fire at a farm at Terelton, near Macroom.
The Munster Regional Control Centre in Limerick mobilised units of Cork County Fire Brigade from stations at Macroom and Dunmanway.
While firefighters were tackling the blaze, it is understood an explosion occurred at the farm and three firefighters from Macroom suffered severe burns as a result.
Speaking to EmergencyTimes.com this morning, TV3 News Correspondent Paul Byrne said ‘had the firefighters being inside the building at the time of the explosion, we would be looking at a very different tragedy this morning’.
Emergency Times understands injuries suffered by the firefighters were so severe that local gardai decided to rush the fire fighters to hospital rather than wait for an ambulance.
One firefighter was discharged at 8.30 this morning while two others remain n Cork University Hospital. Their condition is described as non-life threatening, however, they have severe burns.
Gardaí and the Health & Safety Authority are investigating the incident as it is classed as a Workplace Accident.
Paul Byrne told Emergency Times “Fire-fighters were tackling a fire at the fire when there was an explosion, and three firefighters got caught up in this fireball. Their injuries at the time were so severe that gardai decided to rush them to cork University Hospital rather than wait for an ambulance to arrive. One was discharged at 8.30 this morning, two others remain in hospital , their condition is described as non-life threatening however they have some severe burning to several parts of their bodies”.