NIGHTCLUB FIRE FORCES FERMOY EVACUATION
A fire at the SG1 nightclub in Fermoy on Monday afternoon last forced emergency services to evacuate the building. Thick grey smoke could be seen gushing from the roof at appropriately 3pm. Nobody was seriously injured during the blaze, although a source close to SG1 stated that an individual had suffered a minor burn.
Reports suggest that the fire started on the roof of the nightclub, although it has not been established what actually caused the blaze. Billy Bane of Fermoy fire station told The Avondhu, “We were alerted to the fire at 2.50pm via the alarm at SG1 nightclub. We do not know what caused the incident at this early stage.”
Sgt James Hallahan was also unclear about the root-cause of the fire. “The emergency services quickly evacuated everybody from the premises and ensured the area was safe", Sgt Hallahan told The Avondhu.
The nightclub, which is situated on Ashe Quay, (next to The Grand Hotel), is ironically painted with a fire design. This has displeased many Fermoy locals, due to the tragic fire at the Stardust nightclub in 1982. Many curious locals gathered outside the nightclub.
“I could see the blaze from my apartment which is two streets away,” said one onlooker.
The dark smoke blew into many nearby businesses. Mark Hayes, owner of O’Brien’s Sandwich Bar, told The Avondhu, “I smelt something burning and at first, I honestly thought it was the toaster. Shortly afterwards I could see the grey smoke and I realised that this was quite serious.”
The owners of SG1 nightclub refused to comment regarding the fire.
Thursday 15th April 6:08pm