Two men are have been arrested for questioning in relation to an overnight fire in Letterkenny where nine cars were damaged and an apartment block was evacuated.
Gardaí arrested the men at lunchtime today and are being questioned at Letterkenny Garda Station.
The fire occurred at Rosemount Lane in the town centre at around 1.45am.
Fire services brought it under control by 4am but the cars and buildings were badly damaged.
Local business were badly smoke damaged in the incident.
Eye witness, Sean Foody, who runs clothing store, Classic Casual Wear, on the main street, was one of the first on the scene after emergency services rushed to the blaze on Rosemount Lane at approximately 1.45am last night.
Mr Foody said the area where the fire occurred spewed thick “toxic smoke” over the area and fire crews led many people, including young children, away to safety.
No one was injured in the incident but Mr Foody said the fire services bravely entered the building to evacuate the residents.
“The firemen led the people down from the apartments and they were brought to Dillon’s Hotel,” he said.
“There were adults and children brought down the stairs and the firemen brought them to safety. It could have been an atrocity altogether. There could have been a death toll. The smoke was just billowing out through some of the shops.”
Several businesses in the area were closed this morning to count the cost of the damage as an investigation continues into the cause of the blaze.