Firemen injured in explosion during shed blaze
THREE firemen were injured after an apparent explosion during a farm shed blaze in Cork.
The Macroom fire brigade personnel were attending to a blaze at a farm shed outside Tarelton in Cork in the early hours of this morning when the incident occurred.
The brigade officials were attempting to douse the fire when the large explosion occurred.
They were showered with flying debris and burning material.
While their gear protected them from most of the flying debris, three men suffered burns - one of whom sustained serious injuries.
It is believed they were closest to the burning shed when the explosion occurred.
All were immediately rushed by Macroom Gardaí to the specialist burns unit at Cork University Hospital (CUH).
While the burns are understood to be serious, none of the injuries involved are life threatening.
However, the men are expected to remain in hospital for treatment for several days.
The cause of the explosion remains unclear.
However, the initial theory is that the fire spread to either a gas cylinder or a fuel tank being stored in the farm shed which then exploded.
The fire itself is believed to have been accidental.
Macroom fire brigade has been flooded with messages of support and best wishes for the recovery of the injured personnel from fire brigades across Ireland.