A 39-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a fire which has damaged a number of houses in Newbridge, Co Kildare this evening.

The blaze broke out at about 4pm at Millfield Manor housing estate. 

Authorities tackle a fire which caused damage to 6 houses in Newbridge, Co Kildare

Six houses were extensively damaged in the blaze, however there are no reports of injuries.

A number of other houses have also been evacuated.

Gardaí say the man was arrested this evening and is being detained at Newbridge Garda Station.

Emergency services remain at the scene, which has been preserved for technical examination.