Wednesday 24 May 2017

Gardai investigating suspected arson attack in Limerick

'Gardaí based along the border in the north-east say they do not have the resources or personnel to adequately police the border where gangs are able to roam freely' Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
'Gardaí based along the border in the north-east say they do not have the resources or personnel to adequately police the border where gangs are able to roam freely' Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

David Raleigh

Gardai are investigating a suspected Christmas Day arson attack on a home in Limerick city.

The fire broke out around 3.30am at the house on St Munchin's Street, St Mary's Park.

According to a source lighter fluid, possibly petrol, was "poured on the back door".

No one was in the house at the time.

"There is mainly smoke damage throughout the house. The house was not occupied at the time but was recently renovated and there has been some controversy over some tenants in the area," the source said.

"Extensive damage was caused to the rear of the house. The cause is currently being investigated," they added.

Members of Limerick City and County Fire Service put out the blaze.

The fire service also responded to a kitchen fire at a house in Richmond Park at 8.35am.

The blaze was "quickly brought under control by fire crews," said a source in the emergency services.

"Thankfully there were no injuries," they said.

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