Gardaí in Athlone have arrested a man after an incident during which several homes were damaged by fire last night.

Gardaí say the man, who is aged in his 20s, is currently being detained at Athlone Garda Station.

They say they are investigating an incident of criminal damage by fire to a number of properties which occurred in the St Mary's Square area of the the town last night at approximately 8.05pm.

One home was badly damaged while others nearby have also been affected by the blaze.

No injuries were reported.