Families could be left homeless following Ballinacurra Weston fire

David Hurley

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David Hurley

TWO families face uncertain futures following an arson attack at a house in Ballinacurra Weston.

TWO families face uncertain futures following an arson attack at a house in Ballinacurra Weston.

TWO families face uncertain futures following an arson attack at a house in Ballinacurra Weston.

Three units of the Limerick city fire service attended the scene of the blaze, which was started shortly after 5am on Tuesday.

The mid-terraced house at Clarina Avenue was badly damaged by the fire and the two adjoining houses were also damaged when the flames spread into their attics.

Nobody was injured in the fire as the house has been derelict for some time.

A spokesperson for the fire service confirmed there are safety fears in relation to the structural integrity of the houses at either side and engineers from the city council have conducted inspections since.

Matt Collins, 54, owns one of the adjoining houses.

“You can see out through the roof and there is nothing holding the slates up. If it rains the water will come down through the ceiling,” said the former taxi driver who has been living at the house for the past five years.

“I don’t know what I am going to do, I feel terrible and I am absolutely pi**ed off,” said Matt who added that he does not have house insurance.

Maryann Jackson, 37, whose council home was also damaged by the fire, has threatened to stop paying her rent until the damage is fixed.

“I’m paying no rent from today, €45 for what?” she said.

Although Ms Jackson’s home was not as badly damaged by the fire there was a strong smell of toxic fumes throughout the semi-detached house when the Leader called to the area.

Maryann has been living at No 1 Clarina Avenue for the past two years having previously lived at another house in the same area.

“I don’t know what I am going to do, I genuinely don’t know. I don’t have any family here whatsoever and I have nowhere else to go,” she said.