GARDAI in Kilkenny are investigating the cause of a fire at the Kells Road residence of convicted child abuser Edwin Curry.
Three fire engines attended the fire, which broke out shortly before 4pm on Sunday in the sheds behind the house on the Kells Road in the city. Nobody was injured, however, the blaze did damage a neighbouring house.
An issue has now arisen over as to who is to pay for the clean-up of the damaged property, which was privately owned. It is not yet known whether the property had fire insurance, and the building was unoccupied as Mr Curry is currently serving a prison sentence.
Cllr Andrew McGuinness has said that the council needs to step in to secure the property, and to help the neighbouring residents.
An inspection carried out by the council yesterday (Tuesday) confirmed that the roof of the damaged building contains asbestos. Senior engineer for the county council Kieran Fitzgerald has written to the Kells Road residents, advising them to avoid all debris deposited on nearby houses, and to consider notifying their insurance companies.
This is the second fire-related incident to occur at Mr Curry’s home in less than 12 months. In May last year, a car parked adjacent to the property was destroyed by fire.
The 65-year-old is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for assaulting nine young girls over a 21-year period. Curry was initially sentenced to four years in 2010, but following an appeal by the DPP, this was extended to 10 years last year on the grounds that the original sentence was ‘unduly lenient’.