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School blaze in Derry was arson, fire chief believes

By Staff Reporter

Published 11/08/2016

The 30 firefighters who rushed to the scene were later praised for managing to prevent the building on Dungiven Road in the Waterside from being destroyed
The 30 firefighters who rushed to the scene were later praised for managing to prevent the building on Dungiven Road in the Waterside from being destroyed

A fire at a school in Londonderry appears to have been started deliberately, according to the Fire and Rescue Service.

Good Shepherd Primary and Nursery School was damaged by flames last night.

The 30 firefighters who rushed to the scene were later praised for managing to prevent the building on Dungiven Road in the Waterside from being destroyed.

Fire and Rescue Service group commander Colm McGuigan said he believed the fire was started deliberately. “We’re very lucky that this fire was discovered in the early stages. Had this damage not been discovered very early, a lot of damage would have been done to the school.”

It’s understood the fire was lit in a shed at the back of the building, but spread to the main school roof.

Sinn Fein councillor Christopher Jackson commended the Fire Service for saving the school.

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