Tuesday 25 June 2019

Appeal for witnesses to Castle Park fire

A 56-year-old man remains in critical condition after house fire

Olivia Ryan

Dundalk gardai have launched a major appeal for information relating to a fire at a house in Castle Park nearly four weeks ago.

The blaze broke out in the early hours of July 4th in the property after an item was reportedly thrown into the downstairs of the house.

A 56-year-old man, who was upstairs in the house jumped out of a window to escape the blaze.

Gardai confirmed that the man was found at the scene. Almost four weeks later, he remains in a critical condition in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

A garda spokesman told the Argus that an incident room has been set up to investigate the fire. 'An appeal has been launched in relation to a fire on July 4th 2018 at 29 Castle Park. Gardai at Dundalk are appealing for witnesses.

At approximately 2.11am, gardai and emergency services were called to a fire at 29 Castle Park. A 56-year-man was discovered at the scene and was removed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.'

The spokesman added that a number of people were seen running from the scene.

'An incident room has been established at Dundalk garda station, and gardai are appealing for witnesses, or anyone with any information about the incident to make contact with them.'

'In particular they are appealing to anyone who was in Castle Park, on Castletown Road, Bellewsbridge Road, Mill Road or Newtownbalregan between 1.30am to 2.30am on July 4th to contact the incident room on 042 93 88470 or 042 93 88400 or the garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.'

Investigating gardai are also keen to speak to anyone who was in the area and may have dashcam footage.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident Dundalk gardai are also investigating the theft of almost €2000 worth of tools and machinery following the break in at a van parked along the Dundalk to Castleblayney from 7a.m to 9.45am on Thursday last. The owner returned to find a number of items missing including a Milwaukee cordless drill set, a Milwaukee Max Cango and a Panasonic drill set. Anyone with information relating to theft is asked to contact gardai on 042 93 88470.

Gardai are investigating the discovery of a burnt out van abandoned at Dromad on Saturday morning last. The 11-D registered Volkswagen van was discovered at around 3am on Saturday.

The theft of cash from a till at the Maxol station on the Dublin road is being investigated.

On Friday last, staff were attending to customers when the culprit went in behind the counter and stole cash from the till. Gardai are currently reviewing cctv footage.

An attempted burglary was reported in a house in Knocknagoran, Omeath last week. The occupants of the house noticed lights on outside at around 3am. They discovered attempts had been made to force open both the front and back door with some type of implement.

An attempted break in was also reported at E.K Fuels on the Carrickmacross Road in the early hours of Friday morning last. An alarm was activated at the premises, and it was discovered that sensor lights had been pulled off a rear wall and phone lines to the shop cut.

Anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in the area in the early hours of Friday last, July 27th is asked to contact Dundalk gardai on 042 93 884700 or the garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.

The Argus