Tuesday 20 August 2019

Homeless man sleeping in car treated for burns after vehicle set on fire

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A homeless man who was sleeping rough in a car has been treated for burns in hospital after the vehicle was set on fire.

The German national, who is 46-years-old, was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital after the arson attack.

The incident happened outside the Hume House office block on Pembroke Road in Ballsbridge at 11.15pm on Wednesday night.

Gardai are investigating if the victim of the attack may have earlier been involved in a disagreement with another man who may also have been homeless.

It is understood the car that was set on fire is owned by the victim.

They are waiting to interview the innocent victim of the fire which badly damaged the outside of the car.

Dublin Fire Brigade responded to a 999 call to deal with the fire and transfer the injured man to hospital.

He was treated for minor burns and kept in overnight for observation, but it was expected he would be discharged on Thursday.

No arrests have yet been made but gardai are following a definite line of inquiry in relation to the incident.

The incident happened as homeless services continue to battle with accommodating the large numbers of people sleeping rough in Dublin.

Last week a group of homeless activists supported by singers Glen Hansard and Hozier, as well as actress Saoirse Ronan and film director Jim Sheridan, took over a disused office block in Dublin city to house street-sleepers.

The High Court has now ruled that the new residents of Apollo House on Tara Street can stay there until January 11.

The receivers to the building had taken an action to have the people forced out, but the judge ruled they could stay on a temporary basis on a number of conditions, including that no more than 40 homeless people stay there per night.

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