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Monday 25 September 2017

Man arrested over two arson attacks on north inner city cars

Cars destroyed by fire at Tomar Court, Arbour Hill
Cars destroyed by fire at Tomar Court, Arbour Hill

Gardai have arrested a 23-year-old man in relation to two early morning arson attacks on cars in Dublin's north inner city.

In one, an apartment block had to be evacuated for fear that the flames would spread from two of the burning vehicles.

The incidents, which happened in the Arbour Hill and Stoneybatter areas, are believed to have been carried out by the same person.

Four vehicles were destroyed, while a fifth was damaged. A number of properties were also damaged.

In the first attack, last Wednesday, an Audi was burnt out in Palatine Square, close to Arbour Hill.

The fire quickly spread to another car, which was also destroyed.

A third car was slightly damaged in the fire, which started at 5am, while heat caused panes of glass to shatter in properties.

The owner of the A4 believes his car was set on fire by vandals.

"Cars just don't burst into flames," he said. "I heard a bang at around 5am and looked out of the window and saw my car on fire.

Precaution

"I ran out the back of the house with my partner."

The fire quickly spread to a Nissan Note owned by the next door neighbour and damaged another car parked outside the row of terraced houses in Tomar Court.

The second arson attack happened last Thursday, when two cars were destroyed in nearby St Joseph's Court in Stoneybatter.

The fire began at about 3.50am and residents were told to evacuate their homes as a precaution.

Nobody was injured in the incident.

Members of the Dublin Fire Brigade responded to the incident and managed to control the fire before it caused further damage.

Investigating officers from the Bridewell Garda Station detained the 23-year-old yesterday morning.

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