File on Arva hotel fire sent to the DPP

The Breffni Arms Hotel in Arva was damaged by fire at the weekend.
Gardai are to send a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) as part of an investigation into the recent fire at Arva’s Breffni Arms Hotel.

Gardai are to send a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) as part of an investigation into the recent fire at Arva’s Breffni Arms Hotel.

A man in his early 20s was questioned over the incident which ripped through the popular establishment on July 29 last.

No charges have yet been brought and the file has been passed on to the DPP’s office for examination.

The Leader understands investigating officers are not looking for anyone else in relation to the Breffni Arms fire as garda inquiries come to a close.

The blaze, as previously reported, effectively destroyed the hotel’s leisure centre while also inflicting damage to its main function room area.

The hotel’s owners, gardai and emergency services have since come in for praise for their swift response in dealing with the incident.

Over 100 revellers were inside the venue at the time as the town’s annual agricultural show day came to an end.

It was also the day that marked Eamon and Philomena Gray’s 34th anniversary in charge. Not only that but the fire took place as this year’s Arva Gathering Festival was kicking off , an event that the town had been planning for months.

Two weeks on and as repair efforts continue, Mr Gray said the incident had been the most stressful in his three and a half decade long association with the hotel.

“I would think so,” was his dejected reply when the possibility was put to him. “We had to close until the Thursday after it happened.”

The one positive he has taken from the events of the past few weeks has been the level of support shown from local residents and the wider community.

He also reserved a special mention for the hotel’s “fabulous staff,” gardai and fire services,.

“We were just inundated with help. It was amazing the amount of support we got. It just shows the level of community spirit there is in Arva,” he said.

As is often the case with incidents of its kind, Eamon has spent much of the past week engaging with health and safety experts and insurance companies.

It’s a painstaking task, as he readily admitted to and one that looks like continuing for some time yet. However the local businessman has adopted a determined and positive stance and is now fully foccused on the future.

“You could walk away, but we just got up and got on with it,” he simply put it. “And that’s what we will continue to do.”