Gar­dai in­ves­ti­gat­ing mys­tery fire

Septem­ber 1983

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

Garda foren­sic ex­perts were in­spect­ing the scene of a blaze which gut­ted two houses at Holly­brook, Bray, over the week­end.

One of the houses de­stroyed in the fire on Sunday morn­ing be­longs to Bray Travel Hold­ings, a sub­sidiary of Bray Travel, which col­lapsed amid ma­jor con­tro­versy sev­eral years ago.

Ad­join­ing prop­erty Ra­han House - once the home of the cre­ator of Sher­lock Holmes Sir Arthur Co­nan Doyle - was also de­stroyed when the flames spread.

Two units of Bray Fire Brigade rushed to the scene af­ter the alarm was raised at about 7 a.m. and crew­men bat­tled the blaze for seven hours. Lo­cal gar­dai were mak­ing no com­ment on re­ports that the fire might have been ma­li­cious, other than to state that tech­ni­cal ex­perts were on the scene in­spect­ing the re­mains.

The for­mer head of Bray Travel Mr Adrian Hop­kins was be­lieved to be away on hol­i­days t the time of the fire.

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