Gardaí in Galway City have confirmed that their investigations are continuing regarding a fire which badly damaged a house at Rooaunmore, Claregalway in the early hours of Sunday morning. However they say it is far too early yet to say if it is suspicious as they have to wait for the results of forensic and other technical tests to come back.
The house, which was recently renovated, was unoccupied at the time of the fire which was first seen by a couple who were passing in their car shortly after 4.30 on Sunday morning.
They alerted neighbours who rang the emergency services. Fire brigades from Galway City and Athenry were quickly on the scene and brought the blaze under control.
Galway Gardaí say anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the vicinity of the house at Rooaunmore in the early hours of Sunday morning should contact them at 091 538000 or any Garda station.
Meanwhile Cllr Frank Kearney says that it is important that any allegations of arson are fully investigated and, if this was so, that the culprits be brought to justice.
“Less than a year ago somebody made an attempt to set this house on fire when it was also unoccupied but on that occasion the first brigade managed to put out the flames quickly.”
“Since then the owner of the property has done a huge amount of work, especially in the last six weeks, in completely renovating on the building and it was a credit to him the way it had been repaired.”
“But now if somebody else came along and was involved in arson, especially at a time when so many young couples are on the housing lists, it is disgraceful, and if so then hopefully they will be brought to justice” he added.