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Family escape house blaze in early hours following suspected arson attack

The incident happened shortly after midnight in the Ballsgrove area of Drogheda, Co Louth.

ballsgrove Ballsgrove, Drogheda, Co Louth Source: Google Maps

GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING a case of possible arson overnight in Co Louth.

A family, understood to be a couple and their two children, escaped unharmed from their house in Ballsgrove, Drogheda, at 12.30am this morning.

The house has been “extensively damaged” according to gardaí.

“The occupants heard a loud bang, went downstairs and saw flames from under the door of one of the rooms,” a Garda spokesman told TheJournal.ie.

Emergency services were notified and attended the scene but no injuries have been reported.

The case is being investigated as one of possible criminal damage or arson.

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It’s understood that two devices were thrown into the house which subsequently exploded.

The scene has been preserved for examination by a Garda technical team.

No arrests have yet been made.

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