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Fire on Carrickmines halting site started in the kitchen, says report
Five of those killed were asleep in the unit where the fire broke out.

A FIRE AT a temporary halting site in Carrickmines that killed ten people, including two infants, started in a kitchen.

This detail is included in an as-yet unpublished incident report from Dublin Fire Brigade.

Speaking to this morning a spokesperson for the service confirmed details of what is included in it.

In states that the fire started in the kitchen of one unit where five children were asleep.

It quickly spread to a second unit before fire services arrived.

Those killed in the fire were: Willie Lynch, 25, his partner Tara Gilbert, 27, their two children Jodie, 9 and Kelsey, 4, Willie’s brother Jimmy Lynch, 39, Sylvia Connors, Thomas Connors and their three children Jim, Christy, and Mary (who was only six-months-old).

An emergency call was received shortly before 4.30am on 10 October.

Three water tenders, three ambulances, a helicopter and a rescue engine were dispatched to the scene.

Once it became clear how serious the incident was, the numbers in attendance were scaled up and paramedic firefighters drawn in from across Dublin.

The report also includes details about children being carried away from the site of the fire with injuries.

There had earlier been speculation that fire services experienced difficulties accessing water points at the scene. The report raises no concern about water supply. 

It is understood the report will now be passed onto to gardaí to assist with their investigation, and then be used as part of the coroner’s inquest.

Read: Youngest survivor of Carrickmines fire ‘doing okay’ one month on

Also: Carrickmines survivors are now living in this car park

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