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Firefighters tackle major blaze at Londonderry disused hospital

Forty-four firefighters tackled a major blaze at a disused Londonderry hospital.

Fire broke out at the Stradreagh Hospital site at Gransha Park on Tuesday morning.

The property is owned by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and was built in the late 19th century.

The Western Health Trust has said there is no disruption to services and the building was unoccupied.

A spokeswoman said: "A fire was discovered this morning at the Gennelly and Denett Building on the Stradreagh Hospital site.

"The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) were in attendance and have brought the fire under control.

"The building has been unoccupied for a number of years, but was boarded up. How the fire was started is currently unclear, however The trust will work with the NIFRS with in their investigations.

"The Trust can confirm there is no impact on patient or client services.”

A Fire Service spokesman added: "We received a call this morning at 7.19am to attend a fire at an unoccupied building within the grounds of the disused Stradreagh Hospital site, Gransha Park, Londonderry.

“Six Appliances, an Ariel Specialist Appliance and a Command Support Unit along with 44 Firefighters are currently dealing with a well-developed fire.

“The incident is ongoing and there are no further details at this stage."

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