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Boiler house blaze forces evacuation of leisure centre

By Allan Preston

Published 03/11/2016

'At 5.41pm firefighters from Cookstown and Pomeroy were called to the scene and soon contained the outbreak' (stock photo)
'At 5.41pm firefighters from Cookstown and Pomeroy were called to the scene and soon contained the outbreak' (stock photo)

Fire crews sorted through tonnes of wooden fuel last night after a boiler house burst into flames resulting in Cookstown Leisure Centre being evacuated.

At 5.41pm firefighters from Cookstown and Pomeroy were called to the scene and soon contained the outbreak.

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service explained: "The boiler house caught fire. Luckily the main structure hasn't been affected and the fire was confined. We don't know what caused it yet but we're working on the assumption that it was accidental at this stage."

He added that several tonnes of wood pellets were sifted through afterwards to ensure the fire would not restart.

A spokeswoman for Mid Ulster Council said: "All customers and staff were safely evacuated. The fire appears to have started in the biomass heating system, although the cause at this point is unknown."

It is hoped the facility can reopen this morning.

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