Ireland Homes and vehicles destroyed after fire thugs set parked car alight in busy Dublin city suburb overnight

17:35  02 july  2018
17:35  02 july  2018 Source:   dublinlive.ie

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a car on fire © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Two houses caught fire while cars were damaged extensively after a pair of thugs carried out an arson attack in Chapelizod early this morning.

A video obtained by Dubln Live shows a car completely swallowed by flames - with several explosions being heard as the blaze spread to two houses and cars beside it.

The clip shows brave fire fighters trying to contain the raging inferno as nearby homes appear to be gutted by the flames.

At one point, a series of violent explosions erupt in a shocking scene that could have come straight from a war movie.

In another video, men are seen scrambling over to try and save a van before the flames get to it.

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Two men were seen running from the scene on the main street where hours earlier locals were out enjoying a festival which went off "without a hint of trouble".

Members of the community are now waking up in anger as the pair put a sour tone on what was otherwise a great day.

Community page Chapelizod Chap Lips posted the video venting their disappointment in the attack

They wrote: "A sad ending to the Opening Day for Chapelizod Community Festival.

"Some individuals intentionally set cars on fire around 1.30am this morning.

"The fire broke out and unfortunately none of the locals witnessing had any fire extinguishers to contain the fire.

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"By the time Gardai and Dublin Fire Brigade arrived the fire was out of control and there was extensive damage to cars and to surrounding houses. Thankfully no reports of any injuries so far."

One local resident commenting under the video vented her disgust after it ruined what was "such a lovely day".

She wrote: "So proud of the village and all the kids and families had a lovely day, this is just sheer vandalism, putting the peoples lives at risk in the houses as well."

Another wrote: "What a shame that something like that has to happen. Some people just have to try to wreck everything"

The terrifying scene in Chapelizod early this morning © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited The terrifying scene in Chapelizod early this morning There are no reports of any injuries while Gardaí say they are looking for any information on the men.

They said: "Gardaí are investigating an incident on Main Street Chaplozod at 1.45am on 2nd July.

"A car was set on fire and completely burned out.

"Two other nearby cars were also damaged and well as the front of two housed.

"Two men were seen running from the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballyfermot Garda Station."

The festival activities are set to continue for the rest of the week as locals insist they will not let the actions of two thugs dampen Chapelizod's thriving community spirit.

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