therE were dramatic scenes in Castletroy this Tuesday night after a bush caught fire, with flames shooting high into the sky.
Gardai and Limerick Fire Service were called to the scene at Elm Park, Castletroy which occurred between 9pm and 9.30pm.
A large crowd of bystanders gathered at the scene of the fire as it consumed the hedge.
And residents were left thanking their lucky stars the fire did not spread to any of the houses nearby.
Photographer David Hayes spotted the plumes of smoke rising up from the estate while he was walking down a nearby road. He was quickly on the scene to record the drama.
“I spoke to a neighbour, an older lady, and she was shocked. She was not too pleased to put it mildly, and quite fearful. You can see how bad the flames were. It’s just lucky it did not spread to the house,” David said, “Some people might say they were only trees, but they were trees on private properties, in someone’s house.”
When a unit of Limerick City Fire Brigade did arrive at the scene, the damage had already been done. Close to the University of Limerick’s campus, Elm Park has previously experienced vandalism from students, particularly during the college’s annual charity week.
While there was no evidence students were to blame on this occasion, Mr Hayes, from nearby Woodhaven, said he has never seen such widespread damage in the Elm Park area.