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18 May 2022

UPDATE: Fire at historic Offaly building being investigated as malicious

The fire ravaged the old Workhouse in Birr on Tuesday, August 1

The fire ravaged the old Workhouse in Birr on Tuesday, August 1

A fire at the Old Workhouse building in Birr, Co. Offaly yesterday afternoon is currently being investigated as malicious by Gardai. The scene of the fire is being preserved as the investigation continues. 

Fire Services and Gardaí responded to the scene shortly after 4pm when there were reports of smoke billowing from the famous building in the South Offaly town. 

SEE ALSO: Emergency services attend fire at historic Offaly building

Pictures from the scene show extensive damage to the roof of the building, a large proportion of which appears to have given way to the flames.

SEE ALSO: Extent of Offaly fire revealed in photographs from the scene

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