Fright night for the Trumps at the White House

Irish Independent - - Front Page - Alan O’Ke­effe

the US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and his wife Me­la­nia greet young Hal­loween trick or treaters in fancy dress at here White House yes­ter­day. Chil­dren around Ire­land will go door-to-door tonight, con­tin­u­ing a tra­di­tion started by pa­gans more than 2,000 years ago. Photo: Getty

A PHAR­MA­CIST was left “dev­as­tated” af­ter a van­dal at­tack left her chemist’s shop gut­ted by fire.

Nuala Mac Cinna’s busi­ness was se­verely dam­aged in the blaze in Don­abate, Co Dublin, in the early hours of yes­ter­day.

“I can’t be­lieve it. The fire spread so rapidly. It’s dev­as­tat­ing,” said the phar­ma­cist.

Wheelie bins at the rear of the one-storey Don­abate Phar­macy on Por­trane Road were set ablaze.

Fire bri­gade crews from Swords, Kil­bar­rack, Fin­glas, and Tara Street Head­quar­ters bat­tled the blaze un­til 4am.

Eye­wit­ness Josephine Gir­van (56) said she and her hus­band saw flames en­gulf the roof of the build­ing.

“We heard a con­tin­u­ous bang­ing and pop­ping noise as if aerosols in­side the phar­macy were ex­plod­ing or roof tiles crack­ing in the heat. It sounded like a fire­works dis­play,” said Ms Gir­van.

“The flames were com­ing through the roof and it was get­ting worse and worse and worse.

“There were flash­ing lights ev­ery­where as fire­men ran up and down look­ing for hy­drants to get more water,” said the mother-of-two.

The fire­fight­ers pre­vented

the flames from spread­ing to ad­join­ing busi­ness premises, but a hair­dresser sa­lon next door suf­fered water dam­age.

Ms Mac Cinna said: “When I got here last night the guards were al­ready here. The fire was in the roof and it was spread­ing very fast. I just feel dis­be­lief.

“Seven peo­ple work in the phar­macy. I will try to get back open as soon as pos­si­ble.

“The cus­tomers are fan­tas­tic. I would have been here 14 years this Christ­mas.”

She said she hoped that CCTV footage of the scene might yet be avail­able and may help iden­tify the van­dals.

Who­ever set fire to the wheelie bins not only de­stroyed her shop but also kept 25 fire­fight­ers busy all night, she said.

Some lo­cals spec­u­lated that youths caught up in Hal­loween mad­ness could have started the blaze.

Staff mem­ber Lisa O’Neill said: “Lo­cal kids are ab­so­lutely lovely...but there could be one or two oth­ers who did this or youths from out­side the area.”

Col­league Cather­ine McNally said: “There is real anger af­ter what hap­pened. We don’t know who did this. The lo­cal kids are very nice. This is sick­en­ing.”

Lo­cal woman Mar­garet Fitz­patrick (54) said: “This is ab­so­lutely shock­ing. It’s re­ally des­per­ate. I just hope they find who did this.”

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