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Dublin Fire Brigade pelted with stones dealing with bonfire

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
The blaze at the Basin Street flax complex in Dublin city (Credit: Gráinne Curtin)
The blaze at the Basin Street flax complex in Dublin city (Credit: Gráinne Curtin)

The Dublin Fire Brigade were forced to call in a public order unit after a bonfire they extinguished was temporarily reignited.

Members of the highly regarded service were pelted with objects after being called to the scene on the south side of the city. 

They extinguished a potentially dangerous and disruptive bonfire at the Basin Street flat complex earlier in the evening.

Several units of the Dublin Fire Brigade were at the scene and managed to put the fire out. 

However, after leaving the scene a gang of youths nearby reignited the bonfire with wooden pallets. 

The fire brigade was forced to respond to the scene a second time with gardai from the public order unit.

And it then had to return a third time - when bins were set alight.

The 'substantial' blaze has caused damage to overhead Luas cables, it is believed. 

Services are only operating between The Point and Heuston and Blackhorse and Tallght or Saggart. 

The incident comes as the Dublin Fire Brigade and Gardai prepare for one of the busiest weekends of the year. They are asking the public to report any illegal stockpile of wood which is to be used for bonfires.