Arrest made in suspected arson attack

A WOMAN in her forties has been arrested and questioned in relation to a suspected arson attack on a house earlier this month.

A WOMAN in her forties has been arrested and questioned in relation to a suspected arson attack on a house earlier this month.

The suspect was arrested and quizzed by investigating officers for a number of hours over her involvement in the incident which resulted in the house at Moanmore, Dunamaggin been burned to the ground.

Hundreds of thousands of euro of damage was caused when the dormer bungalow, built around three years ago was burned to the ground following a fire which gardai described as ‘suspicious’. A senior garda spokesman has confirmed that they are now treated the incident as a ‘suspected arson attack’ and confirmed that they had interviewed a suspect. The woman was subsequently released without charge and a file on the matter is being prepared for the DPP.

The incident involved a fire which broke out at the house shortly after 1pm on April 1. Members from Thomastown and Callan Fire Stations and gardai from Thomastown Garda Station attended the scene and the fire was put out. A technical examination of the scene was carried out and the property was declared a crime scene. The occupants of the house were not in the property at the time of the fire. Later that evening the fire services received a second call to attend the same address and battled with a blaze at the same house for a number of hours before putting it out shortly before midnight.