Gar­daí will in­ves­ti­gate school blaze in Dun­dalk

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT - By Elaine Keogh

GAR­DAÍ say it could be Tues­day be­fore it is safe for them to ex­am­ine the scene of a fire on the grounds of St Louis Sec­ondary School in Dun­dalk, Co. Louth.

The fire, which be­gan in the early hours of Sat­ur­day morn­ing, com­pletely de­stroyed one 1950s build­ing at the school on the Castle­town Road.

How­ever, it was con­tained and prevented from spread­ing fur­ther by Dun­dalk and Ardee fire­fight­ers and did not dam­age the main build­ing.

The fire was spot­ted by a passer-by at around 3am, who raised the alarm.

A Garda spokesman said: ‘The build­ing in­volved will need to be made safe and se­cure and then it can be prop­erly ex­am­ined, but that may not be un­til Mon­day or Tues­day.’

The build­ing, which was gut­ted, will need to cool down com­pletely and then made safe for it to be ex­am­ined by crime scene gar­daí.

The spokesman said that due to sub­stan­tial dam­age to the tim­ber-con­struc­tion build­ing it was not pos­si­ble to im­me­di­ately iden­tify the cause of the blaze. The pos­si­bil­ity that the fire be­gan in a shed and then spread is one of the the­o­ries that will be ex­am­ined.

The all-girls school, which has around 500 stu­dents, is ex­pected to open as nor­mal to­mor­row.

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