A taxi driver has been hailed a hero after saving a young family as their home in Dublin went up in flames.
Derek Malone, 40, was dropping off a fare in the Knocksedan estate when his passenger noticed flames and smoke
Heroic Derek rushed to help the family, but was unable to break through the front door which appeared to be locked from the inside.
He said: "The woman was inside with her daughter and I told them to go into the sitting room and lifted the daughter and mam through the window.
"The family were dazed but the neighbours were very good."
The passenger in Mr Malone's taxi called emergency services while he helped the family from the blaze, which broke out at around 4.30am.
He told the Irish Independent: "Your instinct does kick in.
"I think any human being would be the same.
“You just go for it, when there’s people involved you don’t care just want to get them out.
Thankfully, Mr Malone was sitting at home watching a movie when the request for a job came through on Hailo.
He continued: "If I didn’t get the job God knows what would have happened."
There were two other fires in the capital last night, including a blaze in a homeless shelter that saw two people rushed to hospital.
Three units of the Dublin Fire Brigade attended the blaze at The Salvation Army building just off Aungier Street at around 4.10am this morning.
Firefighters attended a third domestic fire which broke out at 3.30am this morning on Olaf Road in Stoneybatter.