Fire breaks out in Limerick housing estate

Four units of the Limerick City Fire and Rescue Service battled the blaze in Monaleen for three hours this Saturday. Picture: Michael Cowhey
A TECHNICAL examination of the scene of a fire in Monaleen is likely to take place this Saturday evening, the gardai have confirmed.

A TECHNICAL examination of the scene of a fire in Monaleen is likely to take place this Saturday evening, the gardai have confirmed.

The fire services were alerted to the blaze which damaged two homes at Ashleigh Woods in Monaleen at 6.30 on Saturday morning. Four units of the Limerick Fire and Rescue Service from the city and one from the county battled the blaze for almost three hours.

One of the houses was unoccupied, while the family in the other house were helped to safety by members of the fire service.

Crime scene investigators were at the site of the fire in Ashleigh Woods, sifting through the charred remains to establish a cause.

Three cars in the driveway of one of the houses were also damaged, two of them completely burnt out, while the roof of the other house has been destroyed.

The Limerick Leader understands one of the cars caught fire, before the flames spread to one of the houses, then the other. Arson has not been ruled out of the equation.

Investigators are keeping an open mind as to the cause of the fire. Detectives have been speaking to homeowners and neighbours and will be investigating why, how and where the fire started and how it spread to the second house, which is several feet away.

Gardaí at Henry Street are investigating and can be contacted at 061-212400.