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Keady firefighters hailed for saving two dogs after neighbouring oil tanks go up in flames

Keady firefighters have been praised for their quick actions in dealing with a blaze in a housing estate in the town on Friday night.

A fire ignited at the rear of a property in St Matthew’s Estate after the mechanism on the boiler reportedly faulted.

It resulted in an oil tank catching fire before spreading to a neighbour’s oil tank next door in what was described by the homeowner as “a mini inferno”.

Celestine McCubtaigh, posting on social media, praised the response of the firefighters, and in particular Kieran Deveney.

“For a while last night St. Matthew’s looked like a mini inferno,” he wrote. “The mechanism on a boiler went on fire and set an oil tank ablaze and quickly spread to my brother’s tank next door, which also went up in flames.

“Local fire crew arrived, and the quick and brave action of fireman Kieran Deveney, saved the lives of my brother’s two dogs who were trapped in a pen as the flames lapped around them.

“Undeterred, fireman Deveney went that extra mile and emerged with Pootsie and Roxy!

“Kieran Jr is son of my old Madden Row neighbour Kieran Snr, also a long serving fireman back in the day. All is well that ends well and no lives lost, just damage and mess that can be repaired and cleaned.”

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