Early morning blaze engulfs six Croom houses

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FIRE fighters form the Limerick County Fire and Rescue service battled a blaze during the early hours of this Thursday morning after a number derelict houses were engulfed in a fire at Cois Sruthain, Croom Co.Limerick.

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County Limerick native Colm Kiely, captured these images during the massive operation to contain the blaze.

Shortly after 5.30am this Thursday morning the alarm was raised and a number of house had to be evacuated as up to six fire tenders and emergency rescue vehicles attended the scene of the blaze.

Following a controlled period battling the blaze, the fire fighters were able to extinguish the fire as investigators now try to piece together how the fire began.

It is understood that up to six of the three-storey homes were gutted in the blaze.

Neighbours said that they were disturbed and awoken when the alarm was raised.

One shocked resident commented that he; “heard all the commotion and I got up to see what was going on and there were sirens, lights and then we wee met with this huge inferno happening in front of us. There was an evacuation in some parts while others just left there homes to see what was happening.

The father of one added “those homes are gutted, most of theme were derelict or unoccupied I think, but I am not sure, there was just a lot of commotion,” he added.

Gardai are also conducting forensic and technical analysis from any items of evidence retrieved from the houses.