Limerick Gardaí investigating second arson in a week outside houses where body of convicted criminal was found

Sources say Gardaí suspect Saturday's fire to be connected to another arson attack (above) at the adjoining house the previous week on Sarsfield Avenue.

GARDAÍ are investigating an arson attack at a house Limerick City this past weekend. The house is located next to another house, which was also the target of an arson attack last week, outside of which the body of a convicted criminal was found two weeks ago.

The two houses, located in Sarsfield Avenue in Garryowen, Limerick City, were completely gutted in the two fires.

The latest fire occurred last Saturday night (November 18), it has emerged.

A Garda spokeswoman said Gardaí and emergency services responded to the fire at around 10pm last Saturday night.

The spokeswoman said the scene had been “preserved for technical examination” and that Garda investigations were “ongoing”.

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An arson attack occurred at an adjoining property on Sunday November 12, where the body of convicted burglar Ger Curtin was discovered in the early hours of Saturday November 4.

Joe Cahill (44), with an address at the Sarsfield Avenue estate, is before the courts charged in connection with Mr Curtin’s death.

Mr Cahill is accused of intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Mr Curtin on November 4.

The two houses, which were extensively damaged, were not occupied at the time and no injuries have been reported to Gardaí so far.

Videos and photos of the scene of the first fire were widely shared on social media platforms.

Following this, Gardaí said they were “investigating an incident of criminal damage by fire at a house in Garryowen” with enquiries “ongoing”.

Firefighters attached to Limerick City and County Fire and Rescue Service responded to both fires and made the properties safe.

Reliable sources said Gardaí suspect both fires are linked and that the two fires had been started maliciously with petrol bombs.

Anyone with information is asked contact Henry Street Garda Station (061 212 400), the Garda Confidential Line (1800 666 111), or any Garda Station.