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28/09/2021

Firefighters praised for their actions in tackling massive blaze which destroyed former Foyle College building in Derry

Fire update
Crews from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) have been praised for their actions in tackling a massive blaze which destroyed the former Foyle College building on the Northland Road in Derry. The blaze erupted shortly after 3am after arsonists set fire to the building, which has become a magnet for vandalism over recent days. Commenting, the SDLP councillor for the area, Shauna Cusack, praised the 'quick response' of the fire service. "I have been warning that this would happen and a senior officer has informed me there is asbestos present," she said. "He also stated it needs demolished immediately and the Education Authority need to take action now. "I would also praise for the quick response of the emergency services and we are lucky no one was injured." Meanwhile, the Sinn Fein councillor for the area, Eric McGinley, added: “I visited the school just before 7am this morning after learning of the overnight fire. “It was a sad sight to see what was once a bustling home of education for thousands of children in our city now a burnt out shell. “Just this week our party’s Education spokesperson local MLA Karen Mullan had arranged a site visit with members of the Board of Governors and community representatives to look at how we could actively work together to stop anti community activity at the site. “I would like to praise the Fire Service who battled through the night to contain such a large fire. “Its important that this site if fully secured whilst decisions are made about its future following this blaze."

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