Man questioned following arson attack on apartment

Gardaí were questioning a man last night in connection with an arson attack on an apartment in North Cork.

The man, 42, was arrested in Mallow yesterday and detained under the provisions of section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act for questioning at Mallow Garda station in connection with the incident at the Granary Court apartments on St Joseph’s Rd on Wednesday night.

Gardaí believe that an accelerant was poured in through an open window of the apartment while two people were inside.

The arrest came after gardaí identified a suspect who was recorded by CCTV cameras filling a cannister with petrol at a filling station earlier on Wednesday.

Gardaí also obtained a warrant to search the man’s address, seizing a number of items of clothing for forensic analysis.

The man can be questioned for 24 hours before he must be either released or charged.

The alarm was raised just before 9pm on Wednesday when neighbours reported a fire at an apartment in the Granary Court complex.

Units of the town’s fire brigade were on the scene within minutes and several residents were evacuated. The two occupants of the apartment where the fire occurred were not hurt.

Fire fighters brought the blaze under control quickly but not before it had caused extensive damage to the apartment. There was also substantial smoke damage to other apartments in the complex.

Following enquiries, detectives established that a man had been seen pouring what they believe was an accelerant on to the fire. The man was also seen leaving the complex area after the fire had started.

They trawled through CCTV and identified a suspect who was arrested at an address in the town yesterday morning.

Gardaí are now trying to trace the movements of and the interactions between various individuals over recent days in a bid to establish a motive for the attack.


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