Police probe cause of blaze that gutted Keady hall

February 4, 2019

 Police investigating the circumstances of a fire that destroyed a community hall and caused extensive damage to a garage containing a number of vehicles in Keady, have appealed to the public for information.

Fire crews were called to the scene of the blaze at the hall on Madden Road shortly after 3am on Friday last, 1st February.  Three fire appliances were tasked to tackle the fire which was eventually extinguished around 5.30am.

The road was closed to traffic for a time and a spokesperson for the NIFRS said: “Two non-residential buildings were well alight on arrival and one shed was destroyed in the fire.  A garage with a number of vehicles inside was also well alight and damaged.”

PSNI and fire investigators revisited the scene later in the morning to determine the cause but, at this stage, do not believe it to be suspicious.

Following an examination of the scene, PSNI Inspector Greg Beckett said: “The hall sustained extensive damage as a result and Madden Road was closed for a number of hours. Whilst the reason for the fire is unknown at this time, we do not believe it to have been started deliberately.”

Appealing for information, he added: “We are, however, conducting further enquires and would ask anyone who may have information which could assist us with our enquiries to please contact 101 quoting reference number 98 1/2/19.”