Residents claim flats are a ‘fire hazard’

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

A GROUP of Limerick city residents say they are living in fear of their lives because there is only one route to escape from their homes if a fire breaks out.

A GROUP of Limerick city residents say they are living in fear of their lives because there is only one route to escape from their homes if a fire breaks out.

Limerick City Council spent millions of euro acquiring the Park View Apartment Complex at Kileely Road beside Thomond Park more than a decade ago.

A minor fire at a flat in the complex in the last fortnight has forced the residents to speak of the “living nightmare” they say they are enduring on a daily basis, while Deputy Mayor Kevin Kiely has called on the City Council to redesign the apartments.

Under building control regulations, housing schemes managed by the council are exempt from inspection and chief fire officer Michael Ryan has said it is unlikely the homes will have a fire safety certificate.

Marina Shanahan, who moved to Park View when it opened said: “I am living here on my own, and there are no fire exits. I could jump off the balcony if I wanted to, but I would then break my legs. I am getting old, and I haven’t a hope of getting out of here if there was a fire.”

*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of Limerick Chronicle, dated October 25, 2011