Investigation into
Edgeworthstown fire

Fire in Edwardstown. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Gardai investigating a suspected arson attack in Edgeworthstown earlier this week are confident of making a significant breakthrough over the coming days.

Gardai investigating a suspected arson attack in Edgeworthstown earlier this week are confident of making a significant breakthrough over the coming days.

A man in his early 30s was detained by gardai last Thursday in connection to the theft of fuel from the rear of a house in the town earlier on in the day.

During the course of those investigations, a 1,200 litre tank at the rear of a residential area was set alight.

Gardai remain satisfied both incidents are linked and that a second suspect returned to the scene in a bid to destroy any fingerpints or potentially incriminating forensic evidence.

“One individual was arrested in relation to the theft of motor oil,” said a Garda spoksperson. “While he was in custody, a fire started in Edgeworthstown.”

Gardai launched their initial investigation after the tank, which was located inside a shed and behind a row of houses at Pound Street in the centre of Edgeworthstown was set on fire at around 11pm on Thursday night.

Two fire service units tackled the blaze although no injuries were reported. Gardai described the amount of damage as being “extensive” and possibly a lot worse given the close proximity of a number of other gas cyclinders.

Concerns had also been raised about those living nearby with an elderly lady in her 90s stationed at a house just yards from where the fire broke out.

It’s believed the shed itself was completely destroyed as emergency services battled to bring the blaze under control.

Gardai have since released the man, held in connection to the earlier incident of suspected fuel theft. Even though no charges have been brought, a file is expected to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for further direction. As those efforts continue apace this week, gardai are quietly confident of making further inroads in their investigations over the next few days.

Members of the public who, meanwhile, might have noticed anything suspicious at the time of last Thursday’s incident is asked to contact Gardai at Edgeworthstown (043) 6671002, Granard (043) 6686512 or Longford (043) 3350577.