Belfast Telegraph

'Bitter disappointment' following suspected arson attack on historic Co Tyrone building

SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan has spoken of his 'bitter disappointment following another suspected arson attack on Herdman's Mill in Sion Mills.

The West Tyrone MLA called on public authorities to intervene to protect this historic site.

The fire started earlier this evening and is still being dealt with by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.

Three appliances and one aerial appliance are at the scene.

In 2014, Herdman's Mill was bought by Strabane woman Margaret Loughrey for £1m after she won almost £27m in the Euromillions lottery draw.

In October 2015, the historic mill complex was seriously damaged in a blaze.

“It is bitterly disappointing to learn of yet another fire at the Herdman's site. This is a hugely important and historical site in Tyrone which has been subjected to a spate of arson attacks in the last few years," Mr McCrossan said.

“The people of Sion Mills and the wider area are fed up with the Mill being left in ruins and are upset that a large piece of their history has literally gone up in flames.

“Something has to be done about this. I have engaged with various Departments in the past to take ownership of the site and put it in the hands of local people. If action is not taken, I fear there will literally be nothing left of the Mill and the history attributed to it.”

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