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Saturday 17 March 2018

Electrical fault may have caused blaze that ripped through Laois farm

The farm was located in Quarrymount, Killeigh, Co Laois. Image: Google Maps
The farm was located in Quarrymount, Killeigh, Co Laois. Image: Google Maps

Eoghan MacConnell

An electrical fault may have led to a fire that caused substantial damage at a farm in Co Laois last week.

Gardai preserved the scene and carried out forensic examinations following the overnight fire at a farm in Quarrymount near the Laois/Offaly border last Saturday morning.

They said "substantial damage" was caused to machinery and equipment in a shed during the blaze which broke out between midnight on Friday and 1am on Saturday morning.

Gardai now believe an electrical fault is the likely cause of the fire but they won't know for sure until an analysis of debris is completed.

Meath Crop fire

It is the second farming related fire to be investigated by Gardai in as many weeks.

Image: Meath Gardai
Image: Meath Gardai

In a separate incident, about a third of a Meath farmer's field of barley was damaged by a fire last week.

The crop was found to be ablaze and the alarm was raised and the local fire brigade attended the scene and put the fire out.

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The field located on Church Rd in Johnstown was planted with a crop a barley which was coming close to harvesting.

Navan Gardai are understood to be investigating the fire which they say was started in the crop in ‘suspicious circumstances’.

They have appealed to the public for help identifying any of the suspects involved.

Contact Navan Gardai on 046-9021445.

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