Firefighters rescue unconscious man from burning house in Limerick

A man was dramatically rescued by firefighters from a burning house in Limerick last night, writes David Raleigh.

The man, aged 60, was discovered unconscious by firefighters in a corridor in the house, at Coonagh, after members of Limerick City and County Fire Service were dispatched to the scene around 10.30pm.

The man's wife managed to escape the blaze through a door at the rear of the property.

A bedroom located at the front of the house was completely destroyed in the fire and the rest of the property was badly damaged by smoke.

"A call came into Limerick city fire and rescue service that a house was on fire with a person trapped inside," said a source.

"Three units were dispatched to the scene. On arrival the fire service found the house to be well alight with neighbours confirming that there was a 60-year-old man trapped inside.

Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus entered the house to search for the man and he "was quickly located unconscious on the floor of the house".

"His wife was (also) there but she managed to get out herself through the back door."

"It looked like he had been trying to escape the fire when he was probably overcome by the smoke. He did intake a lot of smoke."

Firefighters had arrived back to their base on Mulgrave Street shortly after putting out a industrial fire at a furniture store in Annacotty when they were alerted to the house fire.

"Crews had returned about half an hour from having fought a large enough fire in Annacotty.

"It first looked like that could have be an all nighter but luckily the fire was put out after an hour.

"If all of the Limerick fire crews had been at that they may not have made it to the house fire as quickly as they did."

"There is someone looking after that man who was rescued because he was lucky the firefighters arrived when they did. If they were delayed two or three minutes he may have died."

The unconscious man was carried out of the house by firefighters and given oxygen before he regained consciousness at the scene.

"He was treated on scene by paramedics and removed to hospital," the source added.

"His condition is believed to be serious but stable," they added.

An investigation is underway into the cause of the blaze, however foul play is not suspected.

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