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Pics: Inside the Dublin flats due to be evacuated for fire safety concerns

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Dean Donovan and his mother Lorraine and Damaris Dickenson, residents of 3 Kellys Row
Dean Donovan and his mother Lorraine and Damaris Dickenson, residents of 3 Kellys Row
Damaris Dickenson at a broken bannister in the premises at Kelly's Row
Damaris Dickenson at a broken bannister in the premises at Kelly's Row
Lorraine Donovan and Mary Fleming at a flat in Kelly's Row
Lorraine Donovan and Mary Fleming at a flat in Kelly's Row
Lorraine Donovan and Mary Fleming
Lorraine Donovan and Mary Fleming
The entrance to the building
The entrance to the building
One of the rooms in Kelly's Row complex
One of the rooms in Kelly's Row complex
A dangling exit sign at Kelly's Row
A dangling exit sign at Kelly's Row

A pregnant woman and her four young children are among the residents facing an uncertain future after a court order declared they must leave a Dublin flat complex due to fire concerns.

A report on Herald.ie says that four apartments, on Dorset Street and Kelly's Row in the city centre, will have to be vacated after the High Court order was handed down on Frank Chatham and Joseph Simpson, the owners of the property.

A fire safety notice prohibiting the use of the flats was issued in March and Simpson said that when he recieved the notice he asked the residents to leave and stopped collecting rent.

Simpson said that arrears had built up before he stopped collecting rent and he also alleged the flats had been vandalised.

Herald.ie spoke to one resident, Lorraine Donovan and her 18-year-old son Dean and they fear they will now be homeless.

"We all had a note pinned on the door telling us where to go to get accommodation," she said, "but everywhere we go we are told they are full and can't take us.

"All the hotels we try say they are full, and we have no money for another deposit. What are we supposed to do?"

"I'm terrified," she continued. "Where will me and my son go? What will we do with our stuff? There is a pregnant woman with four children living here what about them?

"I have been down the Parkgate Street every day looking to go on the homeless list but have had no luck there."

Mr Justice Kearns said that the health and safety of the residents was his primary concern and he made the point that he did not want another Priory Hall on his hands.

There have been three fires at the premises since October last year, prompting the investigation and after an inspection last week Thomas Daly, of Dublin Fire Brigade's fire prevention section, said that there was "no evidence of any fire safety measures at the building".

The matter was adjourned to next week.

Main pic credit: Herald.ie. Others via Collins