Carrick-on-Suir Town Council is to survey its social houses to establish how many are without smoke alarms following a recent fire that seriously damaged a council home that hadn’t any smoke alarms fitted.
Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Kieran Bourke told the Town Council’s January meeting last week there could have been a tragedy in the fire at 46 Treacy Park on St Stephen’s Day but for a smoke alarm going off in the house next door.
The fire broke out in a bedroom of the Coady family home around 6.30pm on St Stephen’s Day. Cllr Bourke said there wasn’t any smoke alarms fitted in the terraced council house but fortunately there were alarms in the privately owned house next door, which went off and alerted the occupants of both residences to the blaze.
There were four people, including one child, in No. 46 Treacy Pk., when the fire was discovered around 6.30am and fortunately all managed to get out of the burning building. Two of the occupants were hospitalised with injuries.
Mayor Bourke tabled a motion at the Council meeting calling on the Council to fit all its houses with smoke detectors. It was unanimously passed by the elected members.
Town Clerk Michael O’Brien responded that the Council currently installs smoke alarms in all vacant houses prior to re-letting and in houses included in its planned maintenance programmes. He said the Council intended to carry out a survey to determine how many houses have a smoke alarm and promised “appropriate action will be determined” on completion of the survey.
Mayor Bourke welcomed the Council’s response. He said smoke alarms were a standard building regulation and all new houses were fitted with them and all local authorities and private landlords should have them fitted in their houses. He acknowledged the Council automatically puts alarm in when upgrading its older houses.
The Coady family are being temporaryily housed in other accommodation by the Council in Carrick-on-Suir until their home is renovated.