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Donegal 19th Hole bar badly damaged in fire

A Co Donegal pub has been left badly damaged after a fire.

It's believed the blaze, at the 19th Hole bar in Bridgend on the road to Buncrana just outside Londonderry, was started accidentally.

Firefighters, from both sides of the border, were called to the scene just after 3am on Thursday.

No one was injured in the incident.

Barry McDowell of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said it could have been much worse.

"It was good work between our partners in Donegal and ourselves," he said.

"When we arrived the bar was well alight and, in order to put that fire out, we had to put firefighters into the building with hoses, along with breathing apparatus, because there was a lot of smoke in the building.

"It was a good stop to prevent the whole building from being destroyed. It just looks like it was an accidental fire to be honest."

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