Second suspicious fire at same house

Second suspicious fire at same house

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2020

One of two houses being reconstructed following a fire almost five years ago has again been targeted in a suspected arson attack.

The house at Dún Na hInse in Ennis Co Clare was one of two destroyed by a suspicious fire in July 2015.

Repair works have been on going at the property in recent weeks however late last night, access was gained to the house and fires set in a downstairs room and in the attic area.

Two units of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service from Ennis station, National Ambulance Service paramedics and Gardaí responded to a report of a domestic fire at around 10.40pm. One arrival, fire crews discovered a fire on the end-of-terrace property.

It’s understood that a glass panel was removed at the rear of the building from where access was gained. Firefighters found a fire in the sitting room area downstairs while during an investigation of the rest of the property, another fire was found in the attic. The fires were quickly brought under control.

It’s understood that work was being carried out at the house until about 6.00pm and that access was gained to the property by a person or persons between then and about 10.30pm.

The scene had been technically examined and Gardaí are now carrying out a full investigation.

A Garda spokesman said: “There would have been people at the house until about 6.00pm so if anyone was in the area and saw anything suspicious between 6.00pm and when the fire was reported at 10.40pm to contact us at Ennis Garda station on 065 6848100.”

The same house and the adjoining property were destroyed by fire in June 2015.

The same house was gutted in a fire in 2015 – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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