Sus­pected ‘ar­son­ist’ op­er­at­ing in Bray as sec­ond busi­ness premises tar­geted

Bray People - - News -

FIRE­MEN sus­pect that an ar­son­ist is de­lib­er­ately caus­ing dam­age around Bray, af­ter they at­tended a sec­ond fire be­hind a busi­ness premises in the town last week.

Anvil was the sec­ond store to be tar­geted in the space of a week, said a source within the fire ser­vice, in what he is sure was a ma­li­cious in­ci­dent. He said that pal­lets were set alight us­ing pa­per in a lane be­hind the shop. They re­ceived a call to the fire in the early hours of Wed­nes­day morn­ing. The Bray crew had at­tended a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent the pre­vi­ous week­end be­hind Dunnes Stores on the Quinns­bor­ough Road at around 3 in the morn­ing.

‘It’s very pos­si­ble the two fires could be con­nected,’ said the fire­man. ‘Our first thought was that there was a pos­si­ble ar­son­ist try­ing to cause dam­age around Bray. It has hap­pened in the town be­fore.’

He said that the two in­ci­dents looked ex­tremely sim­i­lar, and were both in laneways be­hind the shops. He re­called a se­ries of fires in Bray a num­ber of years ago, when seven were set in the space of one night.

It was im­pos­si­ble to tell at that stage if an ac­cel­erent had been used, he said. Gar­daí have said that both in­ci­dents are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

They added that while there was no dam­age to the prop­er­ties, they would like any wit­nesses to con­tact Bray Garda Sta­tion on (01) 6665300.

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