YOUNG MEN RES­CUE TWO EL­DERLY PEO­PLE FROM FA­TAL BLAZE

WOMAN IN HER 70S KILLED IN HOR­ROR FIRE

Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - MARY FOG­A­RTY

TWO HEROIC youths rescued two el­derly peo­ple from a blaz­ing house in Bray in which a woman in her 70s died.

Fol­low­ing the res­cue, the two passersby left the scene of the blaze in Waverly Cres­cent with­out iden­ti­fy­ing them­selves.

The res­cuers were later named as Fas­saroe youths Dean Davis and Sean McDermott.

The blaze broke out in the bed­room of the prop­erty at around 1.30 a.m. on the night of the tragedy. The cause of the fire is still un­known how­ever in­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der­way.

The dead woman has been named as Pamela O'Driscoll, a good friend of house owner Betty Dig­nam, who with lodger Tom May was rescued from the house.

She was an ' an­gel' and a ‘ real lady' ac­cord­ing to neigh­bour Billy Burke, who added that Pamela had been very kind to Betty, par­tic­u­larly since her sis­ter's death five years ago.

The scene on Sun­day morn­ing was at­tended by the fire ser­vice, gar­dai and paramedics. Mr. Burke ex­plained that fire fight­ers had to break down their door next to the burn­ing house in or­der to get the Burke fam­ily to safety.

Betty's pet dog Salis sur­vived the blaze and was sent to a friend un­til her re­lease from hospi­tal. Betty is now stay­ing with friends lo­cally and has been de­scribed as a very strong woman.

Dean and Sean man­aged to get Tom and Betty out of the house af­ter the alarm was raised.

Pam's way down­stairs was blocked by fire. She could be seen at an up­stairs win­dow in a dis­tressed state prior to her col­lapse. It is be­lieved that smoke in­hala­tion caused her death.

Mr. Burke said that the gar­dai and emer­gency ser­vices were to be highly com­mended on their work that night.

While Bray Fire Ser­vice said 'well done' to Dean and Sean, they urge mem­bers of the pub­lic to steer clear of dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions. ‘ Please re­mem­ber that we are the trained pro­fes­sion­als to go in and deal with th­ese sit­u­a­tions,' they said.

‘We all know it's only hu­man na­ture to try and help but the last thing we want is to deal with ex­tra ca­su­al­ties. Be ex­tremely cau­tious if you come across any­thing like this.

‘I just had to help them,' said Dean, who was walking along the road with Sean when they learned of the fire.

They tried to break down the door and when they couldn't they man­aged to break a win­dow and get Betty and Tom to safety.

Dean said that he didn't think about it un­til af­ter­wards and the two lads just kept walking when they had played their part in the res­cue.

They are sur­prised at the re­ac­tion to their brav­ery since the in­ci­dent.

ABOVE: Fire­fight­ers at­tend the blaze in Waverly Cres­cent. ABOVE LEFT: Dean Davis who was one of the youths to res­cue two eledely peo­ple from the fire.

Mr. May is still in hospi­tal be­ing treated for the ef­fects of smoke in­hala­tion.

Pamela was a res­i­dent of Dublin how­ever reg­u­larly came to stay with Betty in Bray.

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