House torched twice

GARDAI are investigating a series of suspicious fires after firemen were called to two fires in the same premises in Ballyragget. The two fires broke out in the same premises, Carney House, with in three hours of each other.

GARDAI are investigating a series of suspicious fires after firemen were called to two fires in the same premises in Ballyragget. The two fires broke out in the same premises, Carney House, with in three hours of each other.

The first call to attend a fire was made at 2.30am on Saturday July 30. One unit of the fire brigade attended the call. The firemen entered Carney Hall and dealt with a small fire on the second floor of the old building.

However only three hours later the fire brigade was again called to a fire in the same location. This time the firemen were confronted with a much more significant fire. Through skilful use of three fire tenders from Freshford and Castlecomer 15 firemen managed to get the blaze under control in just under an hour. The fire had caused significant damage to the building. The Firemen’s efforts had prevented the blaze from spreading to surrounding buildings.

For health and safety reasons firemen were forced to remove the tiles from the roof.

The whole operation took between three and four hours.

The Gardai have now taken over the investigation as to what was the caused of the gire. They are appealling for witnesses or anyone with any information to contact Ballyragget Garda Station on 056-7775000