A fire last night caused substantial damage to a premises in Bray which is home to charities providing support services for the elderly.
Three units of the Wicklow Fire Service and Gardaí attended the scene on the Boghall road where HomeLink and Easi-Cab Travel Club’s premises are located.
Both buildings appear to have been completely destroyed by the fire, which were home to centres that provided support to the elderly in North Wicklow and South Dublin.
HomeLink enables older people to remain living in their own homes for longer and encourages them to get involved with other members and their communities. The centre in Bray caters for over a 1,000 people in Wicklow and Dublin.
Easi-Cab Travel Club is a non-profit charity which offers an accessible transport service to people with disabilities, mobility impairments and community groups.
TD John Brady, who attended the scene this morning, told WicklowNews that he was devastated by the damages caused.
“Two fantastic organisations that do great work in the community. The building unfortunately is totally gutted. Hopefully they will be back fully operational as soon as possible” Brady said.
**Update** The buildings were also home to Outpost Studios, a Visual Arts studio workspace for eight artists.
Outpost Studios said on their Facebook page that the fire has destroyed “our stuidos, our artworks, and our livelihoods.”