Several units of Limerick County fire brigade fought a blaze that engulfed four houses in a housing estate in Croom this morning.
The fire broke out in the Cois Sruthain estate in the town at about 5am. All four houses were unoccupied at the time. It is understood to have started in a house at the end of the terrace.
A number of nearby houses were evacuated as a precautionary measure.
Fire fighters from Rathkeale, Cappamore and Kilmallock fought the blaze for over an house before bringing it under control.
“A number of people were evacuated because of the fear of the fire spreading, but all but one are back in their houses now,” said a spokesman for the fire service this morning.
An investigation is underway into the causes of the fire, which it is feared was a result of anti-social behaviour.
Local man Patrick C Fitzgerald said that such behaviour was becoming an issue in the town in recent years. “People are very very nervous,” he said.