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Clare Fire Service responds to 7 bonfire incidents

Date issued: 01/11/17

Clare County Fire and Rescue Service responded to 7 bonfire incidents during the Halloween period.

The Fire Service attended incidents in Ennis (5), Newmarket on Fergus (1) and Shannon (1) between Sunday 29 October and Tuesday 31 October.

Limerick City Fire Brigade was called out to a separate bonfire incident in Westbury on Halloween night.

The overall cost associated with the call out of the Fire Service to these incidents was €5,000. The cost associated with the clean-up of the bonfire sites has not yet been determined.

Angela Naughton, Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer, said, “There was a significant reduction in the number of callouts this Halloween compared to previous years including in 2016 when the Fire Service attended 19 bonfire incidents.”

“As well as being illegal, uncontrolled backyard burning and bonfires pose a significant risk to property and public safety and therefore, we would like to acknowledge the public for their cooperation and for heeding the safety advice issued during recent weeks.”

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 01/11/17