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Sunday 18 August 2019

Man suffers burns as car he was sleeping in set ablaze

The German national, who is 46 years old, was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital after the arson attack. Stock photo: PA
The German national, who is 46 years old, was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital after the arson attack. Stock photo: PA
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, Dublin, at 11.15pm on Wednesday.

Gardaí 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 was owned by the victim.

Gardaí are waiting to interview the 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 was due to be discharged last night.

No arrests have yet been made but gardaí are following a definite line of inquiry in relation to the incident. The incident happened as homeless services battle with accommodating large numbers of people sleeping rough in Dublin.

Irish Independent

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