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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Concern over spate of Rathnure fires

GARDEN SHED IS LATEST VICTIM OF ARSON

Anna Mai White and neighbour David Glennon by the remains of her burned-out shet at Moutnain View in Rathnure.

A FIRE in a Rathnure housing estate was just the latest in a series of blazes that have affected the neighbourhood over a period of five years.

Former camogie player Anna Mai White was not at home on the Saturday night when the shed beside her Mountain View bungalow went up in flames. But she has no doubt that the fire which left the windows broken in her house was started deliberately.

'It seems to be our housing estate that is affected,' she complained. ' This has been going on for five years and it has to stop. There are elderly people living here and people with young families and they are afraid to go to bed at night.'

The latest episode in the Mountain View arson series claimed Ms. White's garden tools and the garden furniture which she had stored away for the winter before thetender from Enniscorthy fire brigade arrived. The heat from the burning shed was so intense that she has been left with a bill for replacing cracked glass in the windows across the driveway. Just a few weeks ago, shortly before the national ploughing championships took place in September, there was another incident.

Neighbours have attempted to identify the culprit or culprits by keeping watch at night but so far they have no firm information to present to investigating Gardaí. In the mean time, the residents of the Wexford County Council owned Mountain View estate live in fear.

'Someone will get seriously hurt,' warned Anna Mai White.

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