Digger blaze

Kildare gardai are investigating a fire which destroyed two machines worth more than E20,000 in Nurney.

Kildare gardai are investigating a fire which destroyed two machines worth more than E20,000 in Nurney.

The machines, a four-tonne mini digger and a six-tonne dumper, which were being used as part of a contract of work on behalf of Kildare County Council were set alight soon after 7am on Sunday morning, October 23.

Gardai report that the machines were secured behind hoarding opposite the local school.

It’s understood that a passer-by noticed the flames rising from behind the hoarding.

The alarm was raised at 7.19am.

Gardai and the Kildare Fire Brigade services attended the scene and the fire was extinguished, but the two machines, which were the property of Dunne’s Brothers, were destroyed by the blaze.

And a forensic examination took place on Monday morning in order to establish whether the cause of the fire was accidental or deliberate.

The Leinster Leader has learned that a number of steel covers for road gullies were moved from where they had been left over the weekend by the contractor.

They were found near a boundary ditch on the site. The incident is expected to delay the ongoing work on the road. If anybody saw anything suspicious in the area, they are asked to contact Kildare Gardai on 521222.