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27th Mar 2022

Man arrested following fire at Dublin homeless hostel

Katy Brennan

Dublin Fire Brigade rushed to the scene on Saturday evening.

A man in his 30s has been arrested in connection with a fire at a homeless hostel in Dublin.

Flames broke out at roughly 6pm at the facility operated by the DePaul charity – just off Capel Street.

Six units of Dublin Fire Brigade rushed to the scene and brought the fire under control.

The hostel was not fully occupied when the fire broke out.

Dublin Fire Brigade wrote on Twitter: “We’ve finished on scene following a building fire in the city centre off Capel Street. Firefighters were called shortly before 6pm and in total six units attended the incident.

“A number of patients were treated at scene before removal to hospital.”

In a statement to JOE, a Garda spokesperson said:

“Gardaí attended the scene of a fire which occurred at a property on Little Britain Street, shortly after 6pm yesterday evening, Saturday (26 March).

“Six people were taken to the Mater Hospital to be treated for their injuries.

“The scene is currently preserved to allow for a technical examination to be conducted.

“A man in his 30s has been arrested in relation to this incident and is currently detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Bridewell Garda station,” they concluded.