THE repairs bill for the flat torched in Lisnafin last month is expected to top £9,000.
That figure was released this week by the Housing Executive, with officials predicting that the apartment will be liveable before the New Year.
The arson attack took place in the early hours of Sunday, October 15. A spokesperson for the Executive previously confirmed that the fire in question had been confined to the living room area. No-one is believed to have been injured in the attack.
This latest bill for damage repairs will be doubly frustrating for the housing body as a £200,000 improvement scheme was due to be completed in a matter of weeks. As part of the scheme windows in all the apartments had been replaced, external walls have been painted and railing fencing has been installed around the boundary of each block to create a buffer zone between the apartments and the public footpath.
Ironically, the objective of the scheme was to prevent potential anti-social behaviour occurring in the communal hallways of each block of apartments.
This week, a Housing Executive spokesperson explained, “One flat in Lisnafin Park was badly damaged in the recent fire and requires major remedial works. A second flat was smoke damaged and requires minor repairs. We would estimate the total cost to be in the region of £9,000.
“We are planning to begin the repair work soon and expect it to be completed before the new year.”
Anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area or who has any information about this incident is asked to contact detectives at Strand Road on 101 quoting reference number 539 15/10/17 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.