Rapid response of fire brigade saves Joyces of Wexford

Published 18/06/2016 | 00:00

JOYCES of Wexford are counting their blessings and the quick response of the emergency services following an arson attack at the Clonard Retail Park which could have destroyed the whole premises.

The incident happened when an arsonist set fire to one of the company’s vans at around 11 p.m. last Friday night. The fire rapidly spread to another van was parked next to it, however, the emergency services quickly brought the blaze under control before it spread any further.

‘If it hadn’t been for the rapid response of the police and the fire brigade, the whole place would have gone up and 25 jobs would have been lost,’ said spokesperson for Joyces Deirdre Kehoe.

‘Everybody got a terrible shock, but it could have been a lot worse. If the fire had spread to the electrical equipment we have here, there would have been no stopping it,’ she said, ‘we’re just another victim.’

The fire is the second arson attack in the area in the space of a week.

In the first incident, a car parked in the driveway of a house in Shana Court was ablaze, as a family slept.

They were saved when neighbours banged on the door to the house they had been living in for only seven weeks.

It isn’t clear whether there is any connection between the arson attacks.

Gardai are ainvestigating both incidents and have appealed to anyone who saw anything suspicious at Shana Court or in the area of Joyces to come forward.

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