Firefighters who rescued a Buncrana mother from near-certain death in a house fire are being hailed as heroes.
The 51-year-old woman was pulled from the burning building by members of the Buncrana Fire Brigade, who bravely battled back the flames before entering the inferno.
The woman, who suffered smoke inhalation as well as serious burns, was rushed to Letterkenny University Hospital before being transferred to a burns unit in Dublin.
Buncrana Fire Chief Don Magee, who attended the blaze at Pairc Na hAluine last Wednesday night, praised those who affected the dramatic rescue.
“The boys did fantastic work and we were delighted to be able to get her out alive. These things don’t happen too often.”
“You need to be sharp on your game because every second counts when you’re going into very dangerous conditions like that.”
Station Officer Magee explains how a breathing apparatus team was deployed to conduct the successful rescue mission. “They had her out in a very, very short time. We did everything we could and we’re just thankful that she has a chance [at life].”