Gardai confirm investigation into gorse fire which destroyed family home
Gardai have confirmed that an investigation is ongoing into a gorse fire which saw a family of five lose their home after it was burnt when the roof caught fire from embers carried on the wind.
The house outside Kiltimagh caught fire on May 7, when embers from a gorse fire were caught in the wind and landed in the thatch roof of the Brennan family home.
Despite several units of the fire brigade attending the blaze, the fire spiralled out of control.
Bernice Brennan, whose family own and live in the house, told RTE Radio 1 that the wind was changing direction and the course of the fire was altering. She said that she saw a bit of a fire some distance from the house, but then 'trees exploded into flames" and some of the embers lodged in their roof.
The family had a first holy communion on Saturday morning and the local community is rallying around to support them.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has also confirmed Garda inquiries are ongoing in respect of a number of other ‘high-profile’ cases in which extraordinary damage was done to property, homes, flora and fauna.
“I hope those inquiries can be concluded. Anyone who breaks the law should face the full rigours of the law,” he said.