A MAN is recovering in hospital today after he was found unconscious outside a house fire with a number of stab wounds.
It is understood that the victim, who is in his 20s, was found by emergency services responding to a call about a house fire in Limerick city.
He had suffered multiple stab wounds and was brought to the Mid-Western Regional hospital in Limerick where he is said to be in a "serious condition".
Limerick City Fire and Rescue Service received the emergency call about the house fire on Mary Street shortly after 1.50am.
Three units of the service rushed to the scene along with responding gardai.
The injured victim was found outside the burning building.
The inferno was quickly brought under control and all fire crews had left the scene just before 3am.
It is suspected that the fire was started by an arsonist.
Henry Street gardai in Limerick are attempting to establish who carried out the assault and the circumstances behind the house fire.
Island Road, Mary Street, Jail Lane and Athlunkard Street all remained closed off this morning following the incident.
Uniformed gardai were in the area and traffic diversions had been put in place.
Garda have cordoned off the scene of the fire and are awaiting the arrival of the local scenes of crime unit who will conduct a forensic examination of the house.
Limerick has a bad reputation for knife crime.
The problem had deteriorated to such an extent that the city was dubbed "stab city".
Anyone with any information on the attack is urged to contact Henry Street Garda Station on (061) 212 400 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.