Last Thursday saw the news break of a family car becoming engulfed in flames in county Wexford.
The fire came at a time when emergency fire services in the area were flat to the mat trying to control blazes.
Ann-Marie of the Molloy family noticed the fire, which was three feet from their house, upon returning from bringing her son to work early in the morning. She smelled smoke and went outside only to see the driver’s side of their car up in flames.
The Molloy’s say if it was not for the quick thinking of the fire crew that their house would have been engulfed also. The fire took place at about 6:16 a.m. and was under the control of emergency services by 7:30a.m. Kevin Molloy said of the emergency crew “'They were brilliant,' he said. 'Our house could have been gone only for them.'
The family spoke of their luck that the house did not take fire and sent they’re thanks to the fire crew, “A huge than you to the crew. It could have been a lot worse only for them.' said Kevin Molloy.
This fire came during a busy period for Gorey’s firefighters, at only 12:25a.m that same day they had been called to deal with a fire in a bin.
The team received two further calls on that same day, Thursday. One unit was called and responded to yet another gorse fire at 12:55p.m. behind Woodlands Drive in Gorey. After taking control of that blaze whilst leaving to return to the station, they received another call to attend a fire on the Ballytegan Road.
Upon arrival they found a fire had started in a farmers shed, where empty plastic tanks had taken fire. The flames were taken under control and the team left the scene by 4.p.m.
This hopefully spells the end of a very busy week for Gorey’s emergency fire services.