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06th Jul 2017

Investigation Follows Suspected Arson Attack On Historic ‘Haunted’ Building


A huge fire which badly damaged an old psychiatric hospital in County Cork is being investigated as a suspected arson attack.

The structure is believed to be one of Ireland’s most haunted buildings. 

The blaze which left the roof intact but collapsed three floors of St Kevin’s unit of the St Anne’s/Our Lady’s Hospital complex is the third incident of its kind in Cork in recent years. 

According to the Irish Independent, the 18th century Vernon Mount mansion in Cork was destroyed just last year when teens lit a bonfire that quickly blazed out of control.

The St Kevin’s unit was detected around 8pm on Tuesday night.

Six units of Cork Fire Brigade, also supported by a unit from Mallow, brought the fire in one of Cork’s most iconic buildings under control.

It’s understood that Gardaí are now investigating reports that three teenagers were seen fleeing the scene just as the first fire brigade units arrived.

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