The fire broke out at around 1am this Tuesday
GARDAI are investigating the circumstances of a ‘suspicious’ house fire in Patrickswell in the early hours of this Tuesday.
The alarm was raised shortly after 1am after flames and smoke were seen coming from the former Parochial House which is located at Creamery Road on the outskirts of the village.
Three units of Limerick Fire and Rescue - from Limerick city and Rathkeale - attended the scene for several hours with the final unit leaving shortly after 5am.
The driveway leading to the house remains sealed off as gardai have preserved the scene pending a forensic and technical examination.
A garda spokesperson told the Limerick Leader the results of the examination will determine the nature of the investigation.
The house, which was recently refurbished, was extensively damaged by the fire although there was nobody in the premises at the time.
One line of enquiry being following by gardai is that the fire was started intentionally.
According to local residents, there have been significant problems with antisocial behaviour in the area in recent weeks.