Wednesday 28 September 2016

Newbridge fire: 'Main concern for residents is whether their homes are safe'

David Kearns

Published 08/04/2015 | 18:02

The scene of devastation at the Millfield Manor Estate in Newbridge, Co. Kildare, where six homes were burned to the ground
The scene of devastation at the Millfield Manor Estate in Newbridge, Co. Kildare, where six homes were burned to the ground
Fire in Newbridge, Kildare 31/03/15 - Photo Alan O'Reilly Twitter
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Councillors are calling for an emergency meeting to discuss safety concerns aired by residents living on a housing estate where six houses were destroyed by recent fire.

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Kildare County Council council is believed to be holding a roundtable discussion on housing next Wednesday but a motion has been filed by Independent councillor Willie Crowley calling for an emergency council session to address residential safety concerns over the housing estate.
“There are 79 homes and 129 apartments in Millfield Manor; that should put in perspective the scale of the issue we’re dealing with it,” he said.

“Everyone is looking for answers as to what happened but the number one concern for local residents is whether their homes are safe.”

Last Tuesday, six houses in the Millfield Manor estate in Newbridge, Co. Kildare, were completely gutted by a fire which started at about 4pm.

Fire in Newbridge, Kildare 31/03/15 - Photo Alan O'Reilly Twitter
Fire in Newbridge, Kildare 31/03/15 - Photo Alan O'Reilly Twitter

Six garden sheds are all that remain of the row of houses following a clean up of the site at the weekend.

Contacted by Independent.ie, a spokesperson for Kildare County Council said they would not comment on Millfield Manor due to “an ongoing criminal investigation.”

“We will not be commenting on anything that could endanger the Garda investigation into the circumstances of the fire that destroyed six houses in Millifeld Manor.”

A 39-year-old is expected to appear in court on Thursday charged with the blaze.

Daragh Ward, who has an address at a property in Millfield Manor, was charged with committing arson at number 65 Millfield Manor.

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