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Pupil's mum weeps over arson attack on primary school

By Donna Deeney

Published 12/08/2016

The damage caused by arsonists at the Good Shepherd Primary and Nursery School on the Dungiven Road in Derry’s Waterside
The damage caused by arsonists at the Good Shepherd Primary and Nursery School on the Dungiven Road in Derry’s Waterside

The mother of a pupil at a Londonderry primary school said she wept when she heard arsonists had targeted it.

But Sheena Duddy, whose son Vincent is a pupil at Good Shepherd Primary School in the Waterside, praised firefighters, whose swift actions saved the building from complete destruction.

The blaze started in a wooden shed beside the main building. Flames spread to the roof of the school, but it is expected to re-open in time for the return of the 412 pupils in September.

Mrs Duddy said: "I actually had tears in my eyes when I heard about the fire, because this school is such an exceptional place.

"I am relieved that the Fire Service were able to get to the fire so quickly and save the school itself so the children can go back on time."

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