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Douglas Village Shopping Centre Fire – Saturday 31 st August, 2019

Unfortunate events in Douglas over the weekend saw Cork’s emergency services battle one of the biggest blazes in recent memory, causing untold damage at this point in time.

For the many people of Cork whose vehicles remain severely or partially damaged, the next step will involve recovering their losses and we at Martin A. Harvey & Co. Solicitors have a dedicated Accident Management Team to assist and guide you through the process, which includes the following:

1. Recovery of your vehicle when it is safe to do so;

2. Inspection of your vehicle to quantify/estimate your losses;

3. Immediate and interim car hire until you have been fully compensated for your loss (payment deferred until the conclusion of your case and will be made by the insurers of the party responsible);

4. Recovery of the contents/valuables within your vehicle which may have been destroyed. If your vehicle was one of those damaged by what is widely reported to have been another vehicle catching alight, then you will have a cause of action to recover your losses from the following parties: the owner of the vehicle (their insurers), the manufacturer, and possibly the vendor of the vehicle.

At the moment, investigations are ongoing and Cork Fire Service, The Gardai and Health and Safety Authority will be preparing statutory reports to discover the cause of the fire. Your recourse to recover losses will depend on the cause of the fire, which is yet to be categorically confirmed. However, the innocent owners of vehicles within the car park can rest assured that they will be in a position to recover their losses from the above parties’ insurers.

For any further information, please contact our Accident Management Team at Martin A. Harvey & Co. Solicitors on 021 4963400, email us at maharvey@martinharvey.ie or contact us via our website.