Gardai investigate Callan house fire

GARDAI are investigating a suspicious fire where a house was burned to the ground on the outskirts of Dunamaggin, Callan on Friday.

GARDAI are investigating a suspicious fire where a house was burned to the ground on the outskirts of Dunamaggin, Callan on Friday.

Hundreds of thousands of euro of damage was caused when the dormer bungalow, built around three years ago was burned to the ground.

A garda spokesman confirmed that a suspicious fire broke out at the house shortly after 1pm last Friday and appealed for information from the public. Members from Thomastown and Callan Fire Stations and gardai from Thomastown Garda Station attended the scene. A technical examination of the scene was carried out on Friday evening and the property was declared a crime scene. There was no one in the property at the time of the fire.

Gardai are continuing their investigations into the incident and are appealing to anyone with information to come forward with information.

Four fire engines, attached to Callan and Thomastown fire stations and 16 firemen responded to a call at 1.18pm on Friday and arrived at the scene at 1.33pm. The fire, which was contained to a downstairs room was extinguished within minutes and fire officers handed over the scene to gardai at 3.31pm. ESB staff also attended the scene and cut off the power supply as a matter of protocol.

At 6.29pm the fire services received a second call to attend the same scene at Moanmore, Dunnamaggin. “There was a subsequent incident and we responded to an emergency call at 6.29pm,” a spokesman for the Fire Services said. Fire crews battled the blaze for almost two hours. High winds accelerated the flames and smoke was visible up to a mile away. A large number of slates also fell from the roof before the roof caved in.

A stream, some 800 metres away was used to relay tonnes of water which was needed to bring the blaze under control and fire services left the the scene shortly before midnight. Gardai remained at the scene, which was declared a crime scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Thomastown Garda Station on 056 772 4222.