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A bank account has been set up for donations to the victims of the Newbridge fire

The massive blaze gutted a line of houses at Millfield Manor last night.

Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Updated 15.48

THIS IS ALL that remains of six houses at Millfield Manor in Newbridge, Co. Kildare, the afternoon following last night’s enormous fire.

The raging blaze has left practically nothing in its wake, with the gutted houses’ smokestacks standing forlornly as the only remnant of the their upper storeys.

Gardaí are continuing to question a 39-year-old man who was arrested and detained in connection with the fire last night.

Newbridge Fire. Chimney stacks rise abov Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Local efforts are in motion to help the victims of the fire.

A bank account has been set up for anyone who wishes to donate to the people who lost their homes in such dramatic fashion. Its details are:

Bank – Permanent TSB

Account Name – Millfield Fire Fund

Account Number – 64524172540

Cash donations will also be accepted at the local Parish Office in Newbridge.

Newbridge Fire. The row of houses in Mil Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

The occupants of the houses spent last night in a local hotel.

Children aged from 18 months to 13 years have been made homeless as a result of the fire.

Appeals have been made for children’s clothes to be donated at Royston Sport Club in Newbridge.

Newbridge Fire. The row of houses in Mil Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Damien McGrath, owner of one of the destroyed houses, spoke earlier to Today FM’s Susan Keogh.

“I got a phone call off my 13-year-old son to say the house was on fire,” he said.

His friend had texted him a picture of the house in flames. I got there and  there were gardaí and firemen everywhere.
We stayed til 11 last night but there was nothing more to be done. We’re left with nothing now.
My head is wrecked with the whole thing to be honest with you.

Newbridge Fire. Chimney stacks rise abov Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Earlier today dramatic pictures emerged of the enormous blaze as it raged yesterday evening.

The alarm was initially raised at 4pm yesterday at the estate. Gardaí and fire services attended the scene and evacuated a number of houses.

Dramatic night scenes as emergency serv Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Dramatic scenes at a fire in Millfield As this photo was taken emergency services were trying to release gas from the area in case of an explosion Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Fire crews in Kildare spent the evening battling the fire which was finally brought under control early this morning.

Video footage of the early stages of the blaze was recorded late yesterday afternoon:

Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTube

No injuries have been reported as a result of the blaze.

Dramatic night scenes as emergency serv Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Dramatic night scenes as emergency serv Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

All occupants of the properties have been accounted for and the scene is now preserved for a technical examination.

Dramatic night scenes as emergency serv Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Dramatic night scenes as emergency serv Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Dramatic night scenes as emergency serv Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Originally published at 8.38 am

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