Monday 26 September 2016

Two men 'seen running from scene' of arson attack on popular 24-hour Dublin gym

Published 25/07/2016 | 08:21

Gardai at scene of burnt-out car at entrance of Flyefit gym. Coolock retail park, Malahide Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Gardai at scene of burnt-out car at entrance of Flyefit gym. Coolock retail park, Malahide Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Gardai at scene of burnt-out car at entrance of Flyefit gym. Coolock retail park, Malahide Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Gardai at scene of burnt-out car at entrance of Flyefit gym. Coolock retail park, Malahide Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Burnt-out car and fire damage at entrance of Flyefit gym. Coolock retail park, Malahide Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Gardai at scene of burnt-out car at entrance of Flyefit gym. Coolock retail park, Malahide Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Gardai at scene of burnt-out car at entrance of Flyefit gym. Coolock retail park, Malahide Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Gardai at scene of burnt-out car at entrance of Flyefit gym. Coolock retail park, Malahide Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Burnt-out car and fire damage at entrance of Flyefit gym. Coolock retail park, Malahide Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Gardai are investigating an arson attack on a Dublin gym after a car was driven into the entrance and set on fire.

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Two men were seen running from the scene at the Flyefit gym in the Coolock Retail Park on the Malahide Road after the attack at around 2.30am.

It is understood there were a small number of people in the gym at the time of the attack but the building was safely evacuated through the emergency exits.

Garda sources say one man was seen driving the car into the entrance of the popular local gym and then a second man was seen pouring petrol over it before setting it alight.

Gardai at scene of burnt-out car at entrance of Flyefit gym. Coolock retail park, Malahide Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Gardai at scene of burnt-out car at entrance of Flyefit gym. Coolock retail park, Malahide Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Both men were then seen fleeing the scene.

Three units of Dublin Fire Brigade were called to the scene but extensive damage was caused in the attack.

Burnt-out car and fire damage at entrance of Flyefit gym. Coolock retail park, Malahide Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Burnt-out car and fire damage at entrance of Flyefit gym. Coolock retail park, Malahide Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

There were no reports of injuries and no arrests have been made yet.

Gardai will be examining CCTV footage and talking to witnesses as part of their investigations.

Gardai at scene of burnt-out car at entrance of Flyefit gym. Coolock retail park, Malahide Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Gardai at scene of burnt-out car at entrance of Flyefit gym. Coolock retail park, Malahide Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

This morning the burned out car could be seen still in the entrance of the gym.

The scene was sealed off pending a technical examination by members of the garda technical bureau.

Gardai at scene of burnt-out car at entrance of Flyefit gym. Coolock retail park, Malahide Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Gardai at scene of burnt-out car at entrance of Flyefit gym. Coolock retail park, Malahide Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Local workers say the gym, which runs on a 24 hour basis, was only opened in the last six to eight weeks.

“They had been working in it for two or three months before that, putting in all the equipment and everything. It’s shocking to see all the damage now,” said one man.

Two heavy turnstiles at the entrance to the gym prevented the car being driven any further into the gym.

“It’s a good job those turnstiles were there, otherwise people could have been badly injured or killed,” said the local worker.

The gym’s website advertises the services it offers, including Free Weights, Racks and Olympic Lifting, Real Ryder Spin, Astro Area, Cardio Area, Strength Machines, Class Studio, and more than 60 free classes per week.

Independent.ie contacted a director of the gym but they did not wish to comment on the attack.

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