Arson has not been ruled out as the cause behind a fire which ripped through a vacant house outside Edgeworthstown during the early hours of last Sunday morning.
Detectives said on Monday they were keeping an open mind on the fire and appealed to members of the public to assist them with their investigation.
The house, a large sized bungalow situated on the main N4 Longford to Edgeworthstown road, was effectively gutted by the blaze which broke out at around 1:30am.
Crime scene investigators who carried out a detailed forensic search of the scene are understood to be focusing much of their attention on the front of the property.
Although investigators have so far remained tight-lipped, it’s believed petrol may have been used as a means of starting the fire.
The Leader has also learned the owner of the property was outside the country at the time of the incident as gardai look at ways of establishing a motive behind last Sunday’s incident.
“We (gardai) receieved a call at about 1:30am when the alarm went off and a keyholder noticed the house was on fire,” said a garda spokesperson.
As gardai continue with their enquiries by taking statements from eye witnesses, one angle that is being examined is whether the blaze forms part of an ongoing or newly instigated fued. The house had been targeted for attack on at least one other occasion when a suspected petrol bomb was found nearby.
However, Gardai were keen to stress that they are keeping an open mind on the incident and are unsure if the blaze was feud related at this point.
“We don’t know yet,” added the spokesperson. “We think the house was empty for a couple of weeks.”
Anyone with information or motorists who may have been travelling along the main Longford to Edgeworthstown road shortly before 1:30am is asked to contact Granard Garda Station at 043 6686512.