Monday 25 June 2018

Man arrested over shopping centre fire charged with separate arson attack on clothes bank

A number of shops were seriously damaged Photo: Gavin White
A number of shops were seriously damaged Photo: Gavin White
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A man arrested in connection with a fire that broke out at a popular shopping centre has been released without charge.

However, Independent.ie has learned that the 25-year-old man has been charged in connection with a separate arson attack and is due to appear before Dublin District Court this morning.

A number of shops were left seriously damaged after a fire broke out at the Coolock Shopping Centre in the early hours of Thursday.

Gardaí arrived at the scene at 5am and the fire was brought under control by Dublin Fire Brigade.

Photo: Gavin White
Photo: Gavin White

Popular local Chinese restaurant Jazz, which is situated on the top level of the centre, said it has been forced to close tonight while numerous shops below have been destroyed.

The St Vincent de Paul shop received major damage.

"There was a fire beside Jazz last night. Thankfully there was no major damage to the restaurant and nobody hurt,” a restaurant spokesperson said.

Gardai said the incident is under investigation and a 25-year-old man was arrested on Thursday.

A garda spokesman confirmed that he was released without charge. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosectutions.

Independent.ie has learned that the man has been charged in connection with a separate arson attack on a clothes bank in 2016.

He is scheduled to appear before Dublin District Court this morning.

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