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Suspected arson attack destroys 16 coaches in Dublin

Sixteen coaches and a bus depot were destroyed in a suspected arson attack that could cost one of the country’s best-known coach hire companies millions of euro.
Apr 26th 2011, 2:02 PM 824 0

A BUS DEPOT and sixteen coaches were destroyed in a suspected arson attack in Dublin yesterday morning, according to gardaí.

An early- morning fire at the Dualway Coach Hire premises at Keatings Park on the Naas Road in Rathcoole, Dublin, was extinguished after a number of Dublin Fire Brigade units were called to the scene at around 5am on Monday morning.

Nobody was injured in the attack.

The fire has destroyed a third of the company’s fleet – including several sightseeing buses, a classic Routemaster and other types of coaches – the Irish Times reports. At an average cost of €250,000 and €300,000 per vehicle, the damage could run into millions of euro.

Newstalk reports that the Dualway Group has been operating for more than 30 years and employs about 90 staff.

The scene has now been sealed off for technical examination.

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