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Metro Hotel Dublin fire

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Metro Hotel fire
Date21 March 2018 (2018-03-21)
VenueMetro Hotel
LocationBallymun, Dublin, Ireland
Coordinates53°24′03″N 6°15′58″W / 53.400934°N 6.2661977°W / 53.400934; -6.2661977Coordinates: 53°24′03″N 6°15′58″W / 53.400934°N 6.2661977°W / 53.400934; -6.2661977
TypeFire

Metro Hotel Dublin fire was a multistorey hotel fire that started on the 21 March 2018.

Events[edit | edit source]

The fire broke out at approximately 8.00 pm with the top seven floors of the apartment block catching fire. At least 12 units of Dublin Fire Brigade attended the building who confirmed that the complex was successfully evacuated.[1] Dublin Fire Brigade reported soon after the fire was extinguished that there were no reports of any casualties or people unaccounted for.[2] This included approximately 150 guests who were staying in the hotel.[3]

The fire broke out in a private residence on the 13th floor above rooms for hotel guests. It soon spread to other floors. [4]

Whilst the building was ablaze, glass and debris fell from windows on to cars and the streets below.[5]

Fire fighters could be seen entering the complex with breathing apparatus on their backs while high powered hoses battled the flames from the ground up.[6]

Background[edit | edit source]

The 15 storey apartment block was built as part of the Ballymun renewal program. The project was developed in 2006 by Pierce Contracting and a group of investors who included businessman Paddy Kelly.[7]

The hotel was built as part of the Ballymun Renewal Scheme. The hotel was designed by Shay Cleary Architects for Pierse Contracting and was originally operated by the Days Inn Hotel group. It was scheduled to open on the 9th June 2006.[8] In 2007 a charter plane with 118 passengers and crew narowly avoided crashing into the hotel ater its pilot mistook the lights of the 16 storey building for the runway at Dublin Airport. The red lighting on the hotel's roof combined with its white internal light was mistaken for the approach lights of the airport's runway. The incident occurred at 11.34pm on the night of August 16, 2007, when the McDonnell Douglas jet was carrying 112 passengers and six crew on a charter flight from Lisbon to Dublin.[9]

In April 2014, the 88 bedroom Metro Hotel was put on the market in the region of €2.5 million. Along with the hotel, the sellers sought €3 million for 30 two-bed apartments on the upper floors of the property.

In July 2016 planning permission was refused for the retention of masts and antenna on the hotel.[10]

The complex is built beside the Metro Hotel and is often mistaken as the hotel itself. However, the block of apartments are privately owned.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Brennan, Cianan (21 March 2018). "No reports of casualties as major fire rages at building complex in north Dublin city". The Journal. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  2. @DubFireBrigade (21 March 2018). "#Ballymun UPDATE: It is important for us to give out correct and factual information. As of yet we have no reports of any casualties or people unaccounted for" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. "'Serious fire' at hotel in Dublin". 21 March 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  4. "Fire service tackles blaze at Ballymun hotel". RTE News. Dublin. 21 March 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  5. Burns, Sarah (21 March 2018). "Fire brigade tackles major blaze at hotel in north Dublin". Dublin. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  6. "'People were running out, screaming' - fire crews battle massive blaze at Dublin hotel building". 21 March 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  7. "Metro Hotel Up for Sale". Hospitality Ireland. 8 April 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  8. North West Area Committee Meeting PROGRESS REPORT (PDF) (Report). Ballymun Renewal Ltd. 16 June 2006. p. 10. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  9. "Crash narrowly avoided after pilot mistook hotel for runway". The Examiner. Cork. 22 April 2009.
  10. "Residents at Santry Cross Vindicated on Masts – Reilly". Sinn Féin. Retrieved 21 March 2018.


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