Northern Ireland

Lurgan fire 'started deliberately'

Fire scene Image copyright Press Eye
Image caption High Street has since reopened

A fire in a derelict property in Lurgan, County Armagh, was started deliberately, the fire service has said.

High Street in the town has now reopened after the blaze broke out on Sunday morning.

Max Joyce Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Group Commander said they were called at about 04:30 GMT.

It was reported that a bin or rubbish was on fire, but it had spread to the roof.

"It is an old property with a complex layout and the fire spread quickly," he said.

"We asked for assistance from other stations which meant we had pumps from Dromore, Banbridge and a support unit from Lisburn, and two aerial platforms, one from Belfast and one from Portadown."

He said it was a large-scale operation with 33 fire fighters involved, who stopped the fire spreading to other buildings.

"The people who set the fire put fire fighters lives, and the lives of the public, at extreme risk," he said.

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