The Irish Examiner reported the helicopter took off after it was called out to the fire brigade to deal with a fire on a hillside.
The fire brigade arrived to find a large number of people in the house.
“They were in a really bad state,” one of the firefighters said.
“[The fire] was not controlled and they were all burning.
We had a couple of helicopters circling overhead.”
The firefighters managed to stop the blaze before it could reach the main building.
After they had managed to get out of the house, the helicopter landed and the firefighters set off to take a closer look at the fire.
It was not until after they had left the fire that they were told the fire was starting again.
A helicopter used by firefighters to take photos of the fire on the hillside of Co. Kilkenny, Co. Kildare, Republic of Ireland, May 2, 2017.
Dublin fire brigade spokesman Jim Brennan said the helicopter’s operator had not been identified and that they could not confirm whether the helicopter was part of the Irish Ambulance Service or the Republic of Korea Air Force.
“The ambulance service was called and it did stop and the helicopter stayed for some time but we did not get a response to the incident and we have no details,” he said.
“It could have been any of the three services and it could be a fire brigade helicopter.”
The fire department is investigating the incident.