Friday 17 November 2017

Pensioner rescued from burning building after he was targeted in case of 'mistaken identity'

Maryborough Street, Carlow
Maryborough Street, Carlow
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Gardai are investigating after a pensioner was rescued from a burning building in Co Carlow.

The incident occurred at approximately 10:30pm on Monday night on Maryborough Street, Carlow Town.

A man in his 70s who is living alone was taken from the building by emergency services.

He was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

A senior source told Independent.ie that a suspicious item was thrown through the window, believed to be the cause of the fire.

"It seems to be a case of mistaken identity. The man was not the intended target but the target is believed to be living close by."

Local Cllr Fintan Phelan (FF) said the incident is "shocking" and "disgraceful".

"It's shocking that something like this has happened in Carlow town.

"For it to happen to anyone is terrible but to a man in his 70s is even more shocking. People, especially pensioners living on their own, will be living in fear that something like this might happen to them."

Cllr Phelan said that the incident "isn't the norm" in Carlow.

"It certainly wouldn't be the norm. It's shocking and disgraceful."

Gardai said the matter is currently under investigation to establish the cause of the fire.

Gardai in Carlow are appealing for witnesses and are asking for anyone with information to contact them on (059) 913 6620.

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