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'Pathetic people' Business owner 'gutted' after three food trucks set on fire in Dublin last night

I’m just gutted that someone would go and do that to my business. I’m now three units down. I lost three trailers last night.”

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The scene of the fire on Aylmer Road, Newcastle on Saturday

The scene of the fire on Aylmer Road, Newcastle on Saturday

The scene of the fire on Aylmer Road, Newcastle on Saturday

A business owner has been left devastated after three of his food trucks were set on fire in Co Dublin on Saturday.

Mark Falconer, who operates food and coffee vans around Dublin as part of his business Coffee and Cream, revealed that some of his trailers went up in flames at a rental unit on the Aylmer Road in Newcastle last night just after 11pm.

Mark told sundayworld.com that he saw three people enter the property on his security cameras before damaging the vans, before adding that he is “gutted” by the vandals' actions.

He explained: “The landlord of the unit that I rent rang me to say that one of the burger vans was on fire.

“I headed straight to the yard once I got the call and the guards were there, the fire brigade was there. A second fire brigade had to come because the first one ran out of water.

“It’s done severe damage to the building of the warehouse as well and some of the ice cream vans inside the warehouse took damage from the smoke.”

He continued: “I’m gutted, I still am. I’ve been thinking about it all day. My insides were torn apart when I was looking at the cameras last night and three people went in with their hoods up.

“I’m just gutted that someone would go and do that to my business. I’m now three units down. I lost three trailers last night.”

Mark, who has successfully run Coffee and Cream for the last three years, shared a photo of the scene as firefighters continued to extinguish the blaze.

It is with great sadness and disbelief that we are posting this. Last night our business was victim of an arson attack....

Posted by Mr Whippy on Sunday, October 3, 2021

Taking to social media, he wrote: “It is with great sadness and disbelief that we are posting this. Last night our business was victim of an arson attack.

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“To the three pathetic people that did this we have no words. We hope it brings you happiness to destroy what we have worked hard for.

“To the firemen who fought the flames thank you for coming so quickly to help and to our loyal customers we will be back as soon as possible.”

A garda spokesperson confirmed that the incident is currently being investigated.

The spokesperson said: "Gardaí are investigating a number of incidents of criminal damage by fire that occurred at a business premises at Castlebaggot, Newcastle, Co. Dublin late on Saturday night 2nd October, 2021 at approximately 11.15p.m. Investigations ongoing."

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