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27th Mar 2022

Man arrested after fire at Dublin homeless hostel

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.

Six people were injured in the incident, which took place on Saturday evening, RTE reports.

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. Thankfully, the hostel was not fully occupied when the fire broke out.

The man is now being detained at Bridewell Garda Station.

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 six pm and in total six units attended the incident.

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

Local Labour Councillor Joe Costello said he was concerned that the loss of  the 65-bed hostel could have a serious effect on homeless services in Dublin.

“Its a terrible tragedy that six people were hospitalised here and that homeless people should be rendered homeless again. 65 units is a lot of accommodation out of circulation and will be hard enough to replace.

“There’s a lot of pressure on Dublin City Council in terms of accommodation, especially now with so many new people coming into the country there will be further pressure on Dublin City Council.”