Man impaled in leap from fire named

THE man who died after being impaled on railings when he jumped from the fourth floor of a fire-engulfed apartment building in Limerick has been named as Brian Power Close.

The single 31-year-old from Limerick was believed to have been living on his own in the flat at Upper Cecil Street in the city centre.

A young woman was rescued by firefighters from a first floor ledge.

The fire broke out at around 9pm on Tuesday and quickly spread through the building which stands on five levels, including a basement.

Mr Power Close jumped from the window of his flat about 25 feet above street level and became partly impaled on metal railings.

He was treated by gardaí from Henry Street who got to the scene within moments of the alarm being raised.

After being taken to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, he was treated at the emergency & department but was pronounced dead at 10.45pm.

The woman, 19, was rescued from the ledge of a first floor flat by fire brigade members and was treated for smoke inhalation in hospital.

A number of other people, including an elderly resident of the basement area, were safely evacuated.

Inspector John O’Reilly of Henry Street said: “We are satisfied the fire was accidental and it appears to have started in a communal laundry area.”

He said two gardaí found the stricken Mr Power Close impaled on the railing outside the building when they got to the scene and immediately rendered him assistance until ambulance personnel arrived moments later.

One garda tried to enter the building but was beaten back by flames.

Limerick fire station officer Don McCarthy said three appliances went to the scene while a back-up fourth appliance was brought from Shannon.

“When we got there the injured man was being tended to. There was a woman on the ledge of the first floor and we got her down on a ladder.

“She was placed in an ambulance and taken to hospital. The man on the railings was being looked after by ambulance personnel.”

Gardaí yesterday conducted a forensic examination of the building.

Meanwhile, following a mid-morning house fire on Tuesday in Kenilworth Road, Harold’s Cross, Dublin, a father in his 20s remains in a critical condition in St James’s Hospital. His seven-year-old son was also treated but his condition was not serious.


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