Irish rock band praised for their role in helping save residents from house fire in New Jersey

All the residents of the building escaped serious injury, including an eight-month old baby and a five-year-old child

Dissension Rising, house fire, Ireland

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An Irish rock band are receiving praise for their efforts in helping a number of people escape a burning building. 

Dissension Rising, who are touring the United States for six weeks as part of their promotion for their new EP 'Retribution', were staying in a friend's house in Atlantic City, New Jersey when the fire broke out. 

The members of the band, who all hail from Longford and Kildare, were woken up by the sound of smoke alarms going off in the house in the early hours of Saturday morning on May 14th. 

Danni Carroll, Keith Garrett, Kian Johnston and Rob Higgins make up the band, while manager Dorothea Carroll and Justin Carroll were also with them at the house when the fire started. 

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Justin said that the band got out of the building, but "didn't realise there was another family who lived in the basement until Danni shouted she could hear screams [...] There were flames at the rear of the house coming through the walls."

He added that he and Dan Vazquez, who owned the building, began to get people out of the basement, which was quickly filling with smoke, as the other members of the band guided them to safety and into a car, as they were all still in their pajamas. 

Justin added that "the families and the fire brigade involved all kept saying to everyone that if we had not been there or if we had not reacted when and how we did, ten minutes later everyone would be dead from smoke inhalation."

27 firefighters helped to quell the flames, while police arrived on the scene to help with the rescue efforts. Thankfully, there were no injuries, but the damage to the building is estimated to be in the region of $400,000. 

As a result, a GoFundMe page was started to help the family raise some money, as they were made homeless by the accident. The band are also holding a fundraiser for them in the New Jersey on June 3rd.