A fire broke out in the early hours of Saturday morning last in the shop of Michael and Catherine Ryan, Patrick Street, Templemore. The Templemore Fire Brigade were alerted just before midnight and they responded quickly to the emergency.
On arrival at the incident they were met by a huge crowd of onlookers as thick black smoke bellowed out of the top floor windows. A spokesperson for the Fire Service said that on opening the front door they could see that the building was well alight and breathing apparatus had to be used by those who entered.
The fire, he said, was ferocious and fearing for adjoining premises and also taking into account the age of the buildings in the area and two petrol stations near-by, assistance was sought from neighbouring fire brigades, Thurles, Roscrea and a Hydraulic platform from Nenagh. There was a total of 25 firefighters at the incident and a total of 6 Breathing Apparatus teams fighting the fire internally.
Thankfully no one was hurt in the fire but the owners’ dog who died from smoke inhalation was recovered some time later. A lot of people living in flats near-by were evacuated as a precaution. As the fire was brought under control the initial response was scaled down - Roscrea and Nenagh Fire brigades returned home. Templemore and Thurles brigades remained at the scene until the morning damping down hot spots. The cause of the fire is unknown.
This was a shocking incident for all those living nearby, and our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with both Catherine and Michael on this appalling interruption in their lives. We sincerely hope they will be back in the corner shop in the near future.