Hopes were expressed this week by a local councillor that a fire which may have been started maliciously at the former Bupa property at Mill Island, Fermoy wouldn’t unduly delay the plans for the Primary Healthcare facility there.

On Sunday evening last, members of the fire service from Fermoy and Mitchelstown were alerted to a fire which broke out in an upstairs section of the former Bupa property. 

Members of the fire service arrived on the scene soon after 5.30pm where they discovered a small fire in the upstairs of the newest section of the building.

The fire was contained to the floor area and was brought under control in about 30 minutes.

It is understood that the fire service remained at the scene until about 8pm while they ventilated the building.

Cllr Noel McCarthy said he hoped it wouldn’t hinder plans for the planned development there.

The fire caused a small amount of damage but ‘no structural damage’ according to a member of the fire service.

The cause of the fire is unknown at present but it is understood that there was evidence of vandalism at the scene. 

The property, which has been vacant for many years, is due to become occupied again in the near future as plans for a Primary Healthcare Facility at the location are in motion.