Electrical fault may have caused blaze that ripped through Laois farm
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.
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.