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Tyrone pub damaged in arson attack

Published 01/08/2009

A fire which badly damaged a pub in Co Tyrone is being treated as arson, police said today.

Fierce heat and smoke engulfed the ground floor of the Bridge End Bar, Bridge Street, Strabane at around 1am today.

Flats above the premises were smokelogged and 12 firemen wearing breathing apparatus searched them for casualties but they were empty.

Londonderry station commander John Tate said: "The ground floor front part of the bar has been extensively damaged, the rear has been damaged by smoke and heat."

He said the cause of the blaze was being investigated but police confirmed it was arson.

Elsewhere, three lorries were damaged in a blaze at a waste disposal yard in Heather Road in Londonderry early today.

Firefighters found three lorries alight and the fire spreading to the roof of a large shed.

The fire was prevented from spreading, and there were no injuries.

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