A woman was injured yesterday after a gas canister exploded at a camp site in Co Clare.
The woman sustained burns to her face, hands and legs in the accident that happened at around 11.25am at the site in Doolin. It’s understood that a small gas cylinder exploded, however, there was no fire.
When the alarm was raised, there was no HSE ambulance available in the area so the local authority fire service was requested to attend and assist.
A unit from Ennistymon Fire and Rescue service was sent to the scene and were told they were responding to an “explosion” but no other details were available at the time.
A fire service emergency first responder treated the injured woman until an ambulance arrived about 45 minutes after the original emergency call.
The woman was treated at the scene by ambulance paramedics before being removed to University Hospital Limerick for further treatment. The woman’s injuries are not believed to be serious.
A fire service spokesman confirmed that they were requested by the National Ambulance Service to attend the “ambulance assist call”.
The National Ambulance Service regularly requests the fire service to respond to medical calls if they can get to the scene before an ambulance. Fire crews in Clare have responded to ambulance assist calls several times in recent weeks.
The ambulance service has been repeatedly criticised for leaving large parts of Clare with no ambulance to respond to emergencies.
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