Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

Deliberate fires at derelict building, Creggan

Date, Time: 16 March 2019, 20.55
Location: An NIFRS spokesperson said - “Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) is appealing to people to stay away from the former St. Mary’s Youth Club/Creggan Community Centre, Fanad Drive, Creggan, following a number of deliberate fires in the derelict building. “Firefighters attended 5 incidents at the site over the weekend. The largest incident was on Saturday night (16 March 19). NIFRS received a call at 8.55pm to a well-developed fire. A total of 9 Fire Appliances, from Northland, Crescent Link, Strabane, Dungiven and Ballymoney Fire Stations, with approx. 40 Firefighters attended the incident to extinguish the fire which destroyed about 80% of the building. Firefighters were at the scene dealing with the incident until 2.15am on 17 March. “Firefighters also attended 4 other incidents at the site over the weekend, 3 of which involved rubbish deliberately set on fire. “NIFRS is appealing to people to stay away from the site and is warning about the dangers of deliberate fire setting. Deliberate fires are a risk to both the public and Firefighters and they could have an impact on the local community- if NIFRS resources are responding to a deliberate fire this may have the potential to cause a delay in response to a real emergency in the area. “NIFRS has been in contact with the owners of the site to ask that the site is secured.”

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