Fire Services responded to a domestic fire alarm at Harristown, Castlerea on Sunday morning with the first Fire Engine arriving without delay shortly after 12:30am.

Units from the Ballaghaderreen, Ballyhaunis stations and a specialist Firefighting Water Tanker from Roscommon town were all involved in the call-out.

Roscommon County Council have confirmed that Fire Services provided medical first aid to the single occupant of the dwelling, who had evacuated from the building.

The occupant received additional medical assistance from the National Ambulance Service, who arrived shortly afterwards.

Personnel from all three units remained at the scene of the fire in the Harristown area until approximately 4am, during which time the fire was successfully put under control.

As with all fire call-outs, the incident is currently under investigation by An Garda Siochana.

Roscommon Fire Services would like to take this opportunity to once again remind the public of the importance of having a fully operational smoke alarm in their property and, as winter approaches that Portable Gas heaters are used safely making sure that gas cylinders are stored outside and away from potential fire hazards as they present a significant explosion risk when involved in a fire.

Property owners should also ensure their smoke alarms are regularly checked and are working at all times.

Roscommon Fire Services is pleased to confirm that the operation of a fully functioning alarm system was instrumental in protecting the safety of the occupant of the property in Harristown on Sunday morning.

The County Roscommon Fire Service would like to acknowledge the work of fire personnel at the scene who brought the fire under control in an efficient and safe manner.’

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