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PHOTOS: Historic Dublin building goes up in flames twice in two days

An Taisce has called for urgent action to protect the 18th century house.

FIREFIGHTERS HAVE HAD to deal with two fires in two days at Belcamp College in Dublin.

Units from Finglas, North Strand and Kilbarrack attended a fire at the property in the early hours of this morning.

A ladder from Tara Street was also needed to bring the blaze under control.

Firefighters had to put out a separate fire at the derelict building on Friday morning.

PHOTOS: Historic Dublin building goes up in flames twice in two days
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Yesterday, after the first fire, An Taisce wrote to Fingal County Council to “take urgent action to protect” the 18th century house.

The house formed part of Belcamp College School since the late 19th century. The building has been vacant since the closure of the school, and was bought by developer Gerry Gannon in 2004.

Failure to put the building to a new use and to protect the buildings from break-ins and vandalism has caused significant damage including the gutting of the late 19th century school adjoining the 18th century house, which was left inadequately secured during the years of the property crash.

“This morning’s fire has caused serious damage to the ornate plasterwork decorated interiors, which are the finest of the late 18th century period in Fingal. The extent of damage is still undetermined,” An Taisce said in a statement.

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