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Fire at historic church in Dublin city centre

A man has been arrested after a blaze at St Catherine’s Church on Meath Street.

GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING after a substantial fire was brought under control at a historic church in Dublin city centre this afternoon.

A man in his 50s was arrested after emergency services were called to the blaze at St Catherine’s Church on Meath Street in the Liberties area at around 4.45pm. He is currently in custody at Kevin Street garda station.

Four water tenders and an aerial ladder were deployed by Dublin Fire Brigade to bring the fire under control. A number of garda units also attended the scene.

Emergency services are not currently aware of any injuries. Meath Street has been closed between Thomas Street and Dean Street while the scene is being examined.

According to archaeological reports, the current building dates from the mid-19th century but a church has stood on the site since the 18th century.

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