Owners warned to secure units after Hebron Road fire

Business owners and the tenants of industrial units are being warned to secure their properties and implement a proper arson prevention policy, following a fire in the Hebron Industrial Estate last week.

Business owners and the tenants of industrial units are being warned to secure their properties and implement a proper arson prevention policy, following a fire in the Hebron Industrial Estate last week.

Gardai are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the blaze on the Hebron Road, which is being treated as a ‘fire of doubtful origin’. The fire, which destroyed two prefab buildings, also caused minor damage to two adjacent units. Assistant chief fire officer Killian Hennessy is now urging property owners to secure their buildings following the fire, which he says was entirely preventable, and could have done significant damage to the neighbouring businesses.

“If people would secure their property better, this sort of thing would be prevented from ever happening,” he said.

“Putting a timber prefab next to these premises is a recipe for disaster. This could have been a lot worse; Unit 32 has some very expensive broadcasting equipment in it.”

While minimal property damage was done on this occasion, incidents such as this are a significant drain on taxpayers’ money. It costs Kilkenny local authorities hundreds of euro to mobilise a fire unit on each occasion.

“Not only is it a waste of resources, it puts lives at risk,” he said.

“All building managers need to have an arson prevention policy on how to minimise and prevent these incidents. If they do not have one, they should contact us and arrange to meet the fire prevention officer.”

For further information, contact Kilkenny Fire Service on 056-7794400.