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Council officials meet Letterkenny fire victims

Major fire and smoke damage was caused to all levels of the building.

Major fire and smoke damage was caused to all levels of the building.

OFFICIALS from Donegal County Council and the Department of Social Protection yesterday evening met with a number of the residents left homeless following last week’s fire at a Letterkenny apartment block.  

Thos affected, who are mostly Polish, were advised of a number of accommodation options available to them, according to a council spokesperson.

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They were also provided with details of emergency supports that could be made available depending on individual circumstances and residents are currently considering an option that is available immediately.

The residents have been accommodated in Dillon’s Hotel since the night of the fire, last Thursday, and this arrangement has been extended until Friday and the situation will be kept under review.

The council has been in regular contact with the manager of the complex at Rosemount regarding when the accommodation is expected to be available again and whether the building’s insurance will assist those affected with accommodation costs.

It is likely to be a number of months before this accommodation will be available again and for this reason residents have been advised to try and secure alternative private rented accommodation until the apartments are available for occupation again.

The Council has contacted letting agencies and passed on details of accommodation currently available in Letterkenny to the residents.

The residents have been advised to keep in touch with the Council regarding their individual situations and again we wish to confirm that we will continue to assist in any way possible.

“Donegal County Council appreciates the difficult situation faced by those affected by the recent fire and we would like to assure those affected that we will continue to assist in any way possible,” the spokesperson said. 

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