'Anti-social behaviour' blamed as house gutted by fire

MARY FOGARTY

Published 09/10/2013 | 05:22

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Delgany Fire at Struan Hill on Priory Road

A derelict period house was gutted in a fire in Delgany last Friday night, having lain vacant for a number of years.

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Struan Hill House is located on a parcel of lands intended for an exclusive development which was never completed. One luxurious high-spec five-bedroom 'show-house' was built on the site while 'Struan Hill House' itself went on the market.

Evidence of anti-social behaviour on the site of the blaze last Friday night would suggest that was how the fire there started, according to a source.

There were to be seven homes built in the prestigious 'Struan Hill' development adjacent to the original three-storey Victorian seven-bedroom house. The planning permission for same was granted in 2006, prior to the economic collapse.

Drinks cans and bottles and other items were strewn in the house indicating that people had gathered there for drinking sessions.

It took four units of the fire brigade, two from Bray and two from Greystones, around four hours to extinguish the flames and ensure the area was safe. They received the call to go to the scene at around 10.30 p.m.

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