Fire hits self-build site

A confirmed arson attack in Co Tyrone destroyed a family’s new build home just months before they were due to move in, causing tens of thousands of pounds in damage.

As of September 2020, the police was still hunting for the arsonists who targeted the house in August, when it was up to roof level. Anyone with information can contact quoting reference number 441 of 15/08/20.

The house will now have to be demolished and a fundraising initiative was set up to help the couple start again on


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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