Four houses have been damaged in a fire at a housing estate in County Meath.
Gardaí said the fire broke out in a van parked in the driveway of a house at Meadowbank Hill in Ratoath shortly after 4am this morning.
It quickly spread to a number of houses and a second car.
Two houses were extensively damaged and smoke damage was caused to two more.
Fire services from Ashbourne and Dunshaughlin were called in and the area was evacuated while they put out the blaze.
@MCCFireService Ashbourne and Dunshaughlin brigades attended a large domestic house fire last night in Ratoath.The quick response from the brigades prevented the fire spreading to the two adjoining houses. All residents were evacuated and no injuries. @LMFMRADIO @rte pic.twitter.com/zM02iEnChl
— Meath Fire Service (@MCCFireService) November 23, 2019
Nobody was injured in the fire.
Gardaí said it is not yet clear how it started. An investigation into the cause is underway and a forensic examination will take place later today.