We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

The scene of the fire David Raleigh
ennis road

Man arrested over suspected arson attack on two 19th century red brick houses in Limerick

It’s understood both properties were vacant at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.

A MAN IS being questioned by gardaí in connection with a suspected arson which extensively damaged two period homes, located on one of Limerick City’s most distinguished roads, overnight.

The adjoined large three-storey early 19th century red brick houses are located on the Ennis Road, an area where homes sell for between €700,000 and €2 million, and where the late great actor Richard Harris was reared.

Several units of Limerick City and County Fire and Rescue Service, supported by colleagues from Clare Fire and Rescue Service, fought the blaze for several hours.

Gardaí closed off the road and sealed off a section of the roadway outside the two joined semi-detached houses. At least one of the properties was completely gutted in the fire.

Large plumes of smoke and flames were observed emanating from the roof of the property as firefighters doused the flames.

It’s understood both properties were vacant at the time, and no injuries were reported.

Gardaí said they were alerted to a fire at one of the houses at approximately 9.40pm and “the fire had spread to an adjoining property”.

“Fire Services attended the scene and the fire was brought under control. Significant damage was caused to both properties,” said a Garda spokeswoman.

“The scene is currently preserved for a technical examination.”

“Following enquiries by investigating gardaí, a male (aged in his 40s) was arrested in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 5 April 2023, and is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at a Garda station in Limerick.”

“Investigations are ongoing.”

Your Voice
Readers Comments
This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
Leave a Comment
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.

    Leave a commentcancel