Gardaí say Skibbereen fire may have been started intentionally

Gardaí say Skibbereen fire may have been started intentionally

A view of the chapel of the former Sisters of Mercy convent which was gutted by fire on Tuesday afternnon in Skibbereen, West Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

Gardaí in West Cork have renewed their appeal for witnesses to a fire in Skibbereen earlier this week.

Shortly after 4pm, on Tuesday, gardaí were alerted to a fire at the former convent on the Cork Road.

A number of homes in the vicinity of the convent were evacuated by emergency services during the blaze.

However, nobody was injured during the incident.

Gardai say that the property has been damaged significantly.

Following a technical examination of the scene, they now believe that the fire may have been started intentionally.

Gardaí in Skibbereen and Clonakilty, who are investigating the fire, are appealing to anyone who may have any information in relation to this to contact them.

In a statement, gardaí said they are aware that a large crowd of people recorded mobile phone footage of the blaze and would like those people to come forward.

Gardaí are also appealing for any motorists who were in the Cork Road area of Skibbereen between 3:15 - 4:45pm, particularly those with dash cam footage, to contact Clonakilty Garda Station on 023 882 1570, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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