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Firefighters tackle blaze at vacant buildings in Co Dublin

Demonstrations had been staged in the area recently by people who believed the building was to be used to accommodate refugees.

Firefighters are tackling a blaze at a vacant property in Co Dublin
Firefighters tackling a blaze at a vacant property in Co Dublin Firefighters are tackling a blaze at a vacant property in Co Dublin

Firefighters are tackling a blaze at vacant buildings in Brittas in Co Dublin.

Demonstrations have been staged in the area recently by people who believed the buildings at Crooksling off the Blessington Road were to be used to accommodate refugees.

The Dublin Fire Brigade said emergency services were called to the vacant buildings which were alight at 7am.

Seven fire engines including a turntable ladder and emergency tender were sent to the scene.

Traffic restrictions on the N81 are in place as the operation continues.

A gardai spokesperson said: “Gardai and emergency services are currently attending the scene of a fire at a premises in Brittas, Co Dublin, which occurred this morning.”

In recent months, there has been a series of suspected arson attempts at properties earmarked for housing asylum seekers or refugees, or properties that were rumoured for such use.