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Firefighter injured in escape from house blaze

A firefighter has been injured escaping from a blaze through a first floor window of a house.

The officer, in his 20s and with almost two years' service with Kildare Fire Service, was tackling a blaze in Canal Walk, Athy, when the incident happened.

The fire, which started downstairs in the terraced house, was believed to have been extinguished when it unexpectedly reignited, forcing the firefighter to flee from the upper floor.

He suffered non-life-threatening injuries when he forced open an upstairs window and jumped to the ground.

Locals initially raised concerns of a gas explosion in the property but that was ruled out by fire chiefs.

Celina Barrett, Chief Fire Officer with Kildare Fire Service, said: "The guys were working to extinguish the fire inside the building when one of our firefighters was injured. Thankfully his injuries are not life-threatening. We are hoping that he will make a full recovery.

"There was no gas explosion.

"The fire did not behave as we expected."

It is understood the firefighters and the incident commander believed the blaze had been extinguished and were beginning to ventilate the property when it reignited upstairs.

One person was in the house when the fire initially started at about 10am, Kildare Fire Service said.

They escaped unharmed.

Garda scenes of crime officers have been called in to establish how the blaze started and to see if there is any explanation for the fire reigniting.

Fire crews from Athy and from Stradbally in Co Laois attended the scene.

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