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Flare city Carol feels the heat as firebomb attack rocks Carrigstown on this weekend's Fair City

The massive explosion put the lives of some of our favourite Fair City characters at risk.

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Carol is horrified when Cleo accuses Carol of causing the fire
L-R: Carol - Aisling O’Neill, Cleo - Jenny Kavannagh

Carol is horrified when Cleo accuses Carol of causing the fire L-R: Carol - Aisling O’Neill, Cleo - Jenny Kavannagh

Carol is horrified when Cleo accuses Carol of causing the fire L-R: Carol - Aisling O’Neill, Cleo - Jenny Kavannagh

As Fair City residents reel from the aftermath of the firebomb attack, Carol tells Tommy it was payback for standing up to Ritchie.

In last Thursday’s episode, Carol, Tommy, Leo and other Carrigstown residents were forced to flee for their lives after a gangster threw a petrol bomb into the office of Carol’s Cabs.

Carol had been wondering whether taking a stand against drugs boss Ritchie Lennon had put Tommy's imprisoned son Zak in danger, when her world was plunged into chaos.

Carol was chatting with Leo and Tommy on the street, when Tommy noticed a masked man at the door of Carol's Cabs.

Seconds later, the office went up in flames.

The massive explosion put the lives of some of our favourite Fair City characters at risk.

In Sunday night’s episode, gossip focuses on Carol’s past with Billy Meehan.

As Sash panics over what Ritchie might do next, Carol struggles to keep her own nerves in check.

Fidelma is frustrated with Carol’s evasiveness when asked about the firebombing while Cleo blames Carol for Dolores’ close call.

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L-R:  Sash - Stephanie Kelly, Carol - Aisling ONeill

L-R: Sash - Stephanie Kelly, Carol - Aisling ONeill

L-R: Sash - Stephanie Kelly, Carol - Aisling ONeill

Carol learns her past is being dragged up on social media. Dolores organises a party to thank Tommy for saving her life. Carol and Sash warn Tommy to act normal in front of Dolores.

Actress Aisling O’Neill, who has played the popular cab owner since 1999, was relishing being in the thick of the action.

“It’s really exciting and I love it. I’ve had some great storylines in the past but something as dramatic as this hasn’t happened in a long time, especially with Covid,” she said.

“It’s really great to feel we are getting back into the swing of things and getting some real excitement back into Carrigstown. It just feels like the good old days are back.”

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Executive producer Brigie DeCourcy told Magazine+ that huge preparation went into the new dramatic episodes.

“We had to get all the right people in place and we’re bringing back a character. It’s going to kick off in a totally different direction which is completely unexpected so it took about 12 months planning.

“The car crash and the explosion are stunning. It takes a long time, a lot of work but it looks fabulous.

“Audiences love a big explosion but the storyline that comes after it is the main thing and it’s a humdinger.”

The producer wasn’t the only one enjoying the day on set. Fireman David Connolly, of Kilbarrack fire station, volunteered on his day off.

“We are Dubliners so when they ask for a bit of help of course we will give it,” he said.

“It’s great to see what happens behind the scenes. Even simple things take such a lot of time. But there are loads of layers of safety and we are very impressed.”

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