Dundalk as it Happens
Four residential buildings in Louth issued with fire safety notices so far this year
Four residential buildings in Co Louth have been served with fire safety notices so far this year.
The figures, revealed by RTÉ reporter Jackie Fox, show a 100% increase on the two buildings that were issued with notices in the whole of last year.
The fire safety notices issued in Louth are four of the 26 notices which have been issued across the country by local authorities so far this year.
Under the Fire Services Act of 1981, fire authorities may serve a fire safety notice on the owner or occupier of any building which appears to be unsafe.
Fire officers issue the warning if they are not satisfied with the way homeowners and residents are addressing fire safety issues, and/or if a building is found as seriously dangerous.
The notices in Louth were in relation to “multiple fire safety deficiencies including compartmentation, means of escape, fire alarm systems, emergency lighting etc.”
The issue of fire safety is particularly resonant given the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy in London.
While the exact location of the affected properties in Louth has not been revealed, it is understood at least two are in Dundalk town centre.
In 2009 the Ard Dealgan apartment complex in Quay Street, pictured above, had to be evacuated due to fire safety concerns with numerous fires having taken place there over the years as it lay idle due to being unfit for housing.
— Jackie Fox (@jackiefox_) July 3, 2017