Court witness injured in suspected arson this morning

Fire Service

Police in Enniskillen have confirmed they are investigating the cause of a fire at a home in Enniskillen this morning, which is understood to be suspected arson. 

Four fire engines had to be dispatched to the blaze, which broke out in the Drumclay Park area of the town shortly before 9am. One woman was treated for smoke inhalation.

A case that had been listed for contest at Enniskillen Magistrates Court today had to be adjourned as the injured woman was a key witness in the trial. The court was told she was being treated in hospital for her injuries. A spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) stated the fire was arson, however the defendant’s legal team queried the cause of the fire, while District Judge Nigel Broderick stressed the police investigation was ongoing.


A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said: “Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service received a call at 8:47am to a report of a fire at residential premises at the Drumclay Park North area of Enniskillen this morning.

“Two fire appliances from Enniskillen Fire Station, one fire appliance from Irvinestown Fire Station  and one fire appliance from Lisnaskea Fire Station were deployed to the scene. Firefighters using one hosereel jet and breathing apparatus dealt with a fire at a bungalow in the area.

“One woman was led away from the premises by firefighters and treated at the scene by colleagues from Northern Ireland Ambulance Service for smoke inhalation.

“Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service finished at the scene at 9:55am and the fire is being treated as deliberate.”

The court case in which the injured woman was due to give evidence has been adjourned for two weeks, until September 5, when it is scheduled for an update on her condition.

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