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Bin fires drive residents out of homes

By Jimmy Woulfe, Mid-West Correspondent
MORE than 30 residents had to brave sub-zero temperatures early yesterday when apartments were evacuated in Limerick following a blitz of wheelie bin fires.

A man in his 20s has been questioned about the fires, which gardaí believe were deliberate.

The fires broke out in wheelie bins over a two-hour period between 2am and 4am in the city centre area.

Residents in an apartment building, Riverdock House, had to go out into sub-zero night temperatures after a wheelie bin fire set off smoke alarms in an underground car park area.

A number of cars were scorched by the flames.

Up to 18 firefighters remained on duty as a series of bin fires were reported in various locations in the city centre area.

The fire brigade was called to a wheelie bin fire at Henry St at 3.49am and after returning to base were called out again at 4.06am to a wheelie bin fire in Newenham Street.

From there they were called to another wheelie bin blaze in nearby Lower Mallow Street.

As they were about to leave the scene of that fire, the firefighters were called to another blaze in a wheelie bin at Glentworth Street.

A fifth bin fire was reported at 4.30am in Davis Street.

Gardaí arrested a man in his 20s who was questioned at Roxboro Road station about the fires.