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Five Bus Éireann vehicles destroyed in Thurles fire

Gardaí are investigating the possibility that the fires were the result of a suspected arson attack.

Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Updated: 17.17*

FIVE BUS ÉIREANN vehicles, including one school bus, were destroyed in a fire at the company’s Thurles depot last night.

A spokesperson for the transport firm told that four of the five buses were no longer in use and were due to be scrapped. A fifth – the school bus – was still in operation.

Gardaí and North Tipperary Fire & Rescue Service were on the scene quickly last night to deal with the blaze, which they suspect was started maliciously.

The local garda station confirmed that fire services, as well as crime scene investigators, were still at the depot this afternoon. According to a local news website, one bus was still emitting huge plumes of black smoke.

*An earlier version of this story said that seven buses had been damaged, as per information provided by Bus Éireann. That number has since been adjusted by the company.

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