Monday 18 November 2019

McCauley’s still counting the cost of fire at store

Ongoing work at McCauley’s in Redmond Square following the recent fire
Ongoing work at McCauley’s in Redmond Square following the recent fire

Pádraig Byrne

McCauley's Pharmacy are still counting the cost of a fire which spread through the walls of their Redmond Square building in recent weeks. Scaffolding has now been erected to the rear of the building as contractors set about fixing some of the damage caused by the blaze three weeks ago.

'It will take some time to put everything right,' said McCauley's CEO Tony McEntee. 'There was quite extensive damage underneath the granite cladding to the rear of the building and all of that has to be removed and replaced.'

While McCauley's re-opened within a couple of days of the fire, tenants upstairs including a beauticians and Dr Miles Deas are not expected to be back in business in the building until next week at the earliest. In the meantime, Dr Deas has been operating his practice from the Primary Care Centre on Grogan's Road.

Another problem arising from the ongoing work on the building is the loss of some parking spaces; the hoarding and scaffolding taking up its fair share of room.

'It'll take a few months at least to get everything back how it was,' Mr McEntee said.

'The damage was mostly superficial thankfully, but it's expensive and time-consuming to replace. The fire service in Wexford did an excellent job on the day of the fire and they were forced to punch a number of holes in the walls to get at hot-spots.

'It'll take time, but it could have been a lot worse, particularly when you look at what happened at the shopping centre in Douglas.'

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