Laois County Fire and Rescue Service came under “rock and missile attack” as they worked to put out a house fire in Hepburn Court, Portlaoise last week.
Fire crew arrived on the scene, after receiving the callout in the early hours of Wednesday morning, August 6.
As soon as they were there a group of youths proceeded to throw rocks at the crew as they attempted to put out the blaze.
Chief Fire Officer Declan Power told the Leinster Express that anti-social behaviour was an ongoing problem in the area.
“We get called up to Hepburn Court on a regular basis. All the fires are malicious, arson jobs. Last year we received upto 14 calls in one week at one stage,” he said.
The estate, which is situated on the Ballyfin Road, has only one occupied house remaining. Some were boarded up by Laois County Council.
The fire took place in No 2, just two doors down from the occupied house.
“There was considerable damage done to the house. The roof was completely burnt down.
“Thankfully there were no injuries,” Mr Power said.
Portlaoise Gardaí were not available to confirm reports that two youths were detained at the scene.