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Henry Winkler (AKA 'The Fonz') praises Dublin Fire Brigade after fire breaks out in Shelbourne Hotel

The fire has now been brought under control.


AMERICAN ACTOR HENRY Winkler has praised Dublin Fire Brigade after it dealt with a small fire in the Shelbourne Hotel this morning.

The Shelbourne was evacuated this morning after a fire broke out on the fifth floor.

Dublin Fire Brigade it was called to the fire just after 10.30am this morning and swiftly dealt with the fire. No one was injured and staff and guests were allowed to re-enter the hotel after midday.

Speaking to RTÉ outside the hotel, Winkler – who is staying at the Shelbourne – praised the firefighters.

“How wonderful. Firemen are some of my favourite human beings,” the TV star said.

“Firemen and firewomen ,they run in when other people are running out. I think they deserve to be shook,” he said, after he shook a number of their hands.

Winkler – who is known best for playing Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli in the hit 1970s sitcom Happy Days – also gave an account of what happened:

“When I heard the fire alarm I thought it was the clock radio. I thought somebody had set the alarm before we got there, like another guest,” he said.

“And finally I went into another room and it was still buzzing so I called downstairs and the woman said in a very calm voice – ‘yes we’re all evacuating, you must evacuate right now!’ And I left.”

Winkler is in Ireland for his one-man show The Fonz and Beyond.

In a statement, Dublin Fire Brigade said:

“Six fire engines from Tara Street, Donnybrook and Dolphins Barn fire stations responded to the incident and firefighters located the fire on the 5th floor of the building,” DFB said in a statement.

“A prompt and effective evacuation by staff helped enormously at the scene and the fire was brought under control by 11.30 hrs.

Firefighting operations ceased at 11.58 hrs and traffic restrictions are expected to be lifted shortly.

Shelbourne Hotel Fire 6_90707227 Leah Farrell / Leah Farrell / /

Gardaí said they were assisting at the scene and no injuries have been reported.

Images from the scene showed a number of units at the hotel, as well as staff and guests on the footpath outside. Firefighters used a hose and turntable ladder to deal with the fire.

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