Wednesday 17 January 2018

Arson 'not ruled out' in house fire that left person dead

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

ARSON has not been ruled out in a blaze that killed an unidentified person at a derelict house on Tuesday night.

Gardai last night said they were keeping an open mind on what started the fire -- which firefighters battled for four hours -- at a house in the south Dublin suburb of Dalkey.

Arson as the cause of the blaze that gutted the two-storey house has not been ruled out, Det Insp Eamon O'Reilly told the Irish Independent last night.

A forensic team remained at the scene of the blaze on Ulverton Road last night.

"Nothing has been ruled out although we have our own ideas on it," he said.

Meanwhile, gardai yesterday attempted to identify the badly charred body found in a downstairs room of the house.


It is believed the body is that of a male but gardai will likely have to rely on DNA to get a positive identification, Det Insp O'Reilly said.

No one has come forward with information about who may have been living in the house, he added.

However, it is understood the deceased may have been a homeless person who had been sleeping rough in the area.

The house was bought by former real estate agent Corry McMahon whose Donnybrook-based auctioneering firm of the same name ceased trading in February.

Mr McMahon could not be reached for comment on the tragedy yesterday.

It is understood he had bought the property -- known as 'Yonder' -- for €4.05m at the height of the boom in 2006 but it had remained empty ever since.

The house had a guide selling price of €1.6m.

Irish Independent

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