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GAA clubhouse up in flames: Arsonists suspected after blaze causes £250k damage

By Donna Deeney

This was the scene of destruction at a GAA club yesterday after a fire which has caused an estimated £250,000 of damage.

The cause of the blaze at Sean Dolan's GAA Club is still under investigation by the Fire Service; however local opinion suggests that arsonists are responsible for the fire which broke out at the club in Londonderry in the early hours.

Members and young players of the Creggan club looked on helplessly at the damage done to the building by the fire which - fanned by high winds - had raged through the bar area.

Fire crews from Crescent Link and Northland Road stations were tasked to the club house shortly before 4am yesterday morning but the fire was already well established by then, said Station Commander Kevin Lynch.

Local Cllr, and Deputy Mayor, Kevin Campbell said there will be little surprise amongst the community if it transpires that the fire was started deliberately. He said: "There is a very strong suspicion that this fire was started deliberately and if it was it is more than an attack on a building, it is an attack on the people of Creggan."

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