Suspicion over the cause of a fire that broke out in the basement of Clerys department store in Dublin.

A huge cleanup operation is underway at Clerys department store on O'Connell Street in Dublin. The fire that broke out in the basement hardware section of the store is estimated to have caused damage in the region of £15,000 to £20,000.

Director of Clerys Denis Collins says the cause of the fire is unknown. However, the remains of an incendiary timing device was found on the floor of the premises. It seems to have been placed in the pocket of an overcoat, smouldered through and fell on the floor.

Right underneath that coat we found this device underneath.

On the same evening, fires also broke out across the road in Eason and Son and in Arnotts on Henry Street. All three fires occurred 48 hours after another blaze badly damaged the Cavendish Furniture Company in Grafton Street.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 4 March 1971.