Kind-hearted neighbours have raised almost €4,000 for two families whose homes were destroyed in an alleged arson attack in Tallaght last week.
Firefighters from Tallaght, Dolphin’s Barn and Donnybrook stations attended the blaze at Heatherview Lawn in Aylesbury on Friday morning.
Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident, but the two families have been forced to move from their homes for the foreseeable future.
After the fire, neighbours set up a Go Fund Me page, which has seen donations totalling €3,770 so far.
A statement on the page says: “With the permission of the families involved in the house fire we are raising funds for the impacted families. The damage to both homes is extensive, with decades of belongings and memories gone.
“Both families have to move out. The repair work will take many, many months to complete.
“Thanks to everyone who has donated immediate essentials of clothes etc, we want to raise a fund to allow the families begin to gather what they need to rebuild their lives and homes.”
Locals have been quick to offer their support, with one comment of “Heatherview United” summing up the fantastic community spirit on show.
Another donor expressed relief that no one was hurt, saying: “Glad everyone is ok, so sad seeing both houses destroyed. Always here for you.”
A man in his 20s was arrested by gardai in connection with the fire and was detained at Tallaght garda station.
The arrested man was charged in relation to the incident and appeared before the Criminal Courts of Justice on Saturday morning at 10.30am.
He was then remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison and was to appear again before the courts on Tuesday morning.