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Neighbour appears in court over blaze that destroyed six homes

39-year-old Daragh Ward, who has an address at a property in Millfield Manor, is charged with committing arson at a house on the road.

Updated at 2.23pm

Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

A MAN HAS appeared in court charged with arson, in connection with the fire that tore through a line of houses at an estate in Newbridge on Tuesday.

Six homes in Millfield Manor were destroyed in the blaze.

39-year-old Daragh Ward, who has an address at a property in Millfield Manor, Newbridge, was charged with committing arson at number 65 Millfield Manor.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill courthouse on Wednesday of next week.

Mr Ward’s home was amongst the properties damaged in this week’s fire.

He appeared today before Judge Grainne O’Neill at Dublin District Court.

Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Newbridge Fire. The row of houses in Mil Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

No injuries were reported as a result of the blaze, which started at around 4pm on Tuesday.

A bank account has been set up by the local community to help the victims of the fire who, as the pictures here show, lost everything they owned.

Occupants of the houses – including children aged between 18 months and 13 years - have been staying in a hotel for the past two nights.

Additional reporting, Daragh Brophy.

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