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'Really busy, all day and all night' - Fire crews just had one of their busiest Halloweens in years

Dublin Fire Brigade dealt with 1,100 calls.
Nov 1st 2017, 8:15 AM 19,745 20

A house reflects the bonfire that is raging in front on Halloween night in Dublin A bonfire last night in Loughlinstown, south Co. Dublin. Source: Ger Holland

FIRE CREWS IN Dublin had one of their busiest days and nights in years yesterday, dealing with 700 incidents and 350 different bonfires.

The DFB control room covers all of Leinster and said it had about 1,100 Halloween calls, some of which were duplicate calls relating to incidents that were already being dealt with.

As well as the fire callouts, there were also over 250 ambulance cases handled by the DFB centre.

“It was really, really busy, all day and all night,” a DFB spokesperson said.

The emergency service were expecting “between 800 and 900″ calls, so the 1,100 calls that did come in made for a particularly busy evening.

By comparison, DFB last year received 872 Halloween calls.

As well as bonfires, DFB firefighters dealt with numerous cases of cars on fire and warned that such fires have particularly dangerous fumes.

A fire crew is still dealing with a car on fire in Railway Street in north inner-city Dublin.

DFB has reported that there were no injuries among their fire crews last night, although gardaí were required at a number of callouts.

Much of this garda presence related to underage drinking.

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