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Derry Catholic church damaged in arson attack

A late-night fire at a church in Londonderry is being treated as arson, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) has said. Photo by Lorcan Doherty / Press Eye.
A late-night fire at a church in Londonderry is being treated as arson, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) has said. Photo by Lorcan Doherty / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2019 - A late-night fire at a church in Londonderry is being treated as arson, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) has said. The fire happened at Holy Family Church in Ballymagroarty shortly after 22:00 BST on Friday night. The parochial house of the church was evacuated and 20 firefighters tackled the blaze. Photo by Lorcan Doherty / Press Eye.
A late-night fire at a church in Londonderry is being treated as arson, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) has said. Photo by Lorcan Doherty / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2019 - A late-night fire at a church in Londonderry is being treated as arson, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) has said. The fire happened at Holy Family Church in Ballymagroarty shortly after 22:00 BST on Friday night. The parochial house of the church was evacuated and 20 firefighters tackled the blaze. Photo by Lorcan Doherty / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2019 - A late-night fire at a church in Londonderry is being treated as arson, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) has said. The fire happened at Holy Family Church in Ballymagroarty shortly after 22:00 BST on Friday night. The parochial house of the church was evacuated and 20 firefighters tackled the blaze. Photo by Lorcan Doherty / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2019 - A late-night fire at a church in Londonderry is being treated as arson, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) has said. The fire happened at Holy Family Church in Ballymagroarty shortly after 22:00 BST on Friday night. The parochial house of the church was evacuated and 20 firefighters tackled the blaze. Photo by Lorcan Doherty / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2019 - A late-night fire at a church in Londonderry is being treated as arson, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) has said. The fire happened at Holy Family Church in Ballymagroarty shortly after 22:00 BST on Friday night. The parochial house of the church was evacuated and 20 firefighters tackled the blaze. Photo by Lorcan Doherty / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th May 2019 - A late-night fire at a church in Londonderry is being treated as arson, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) has said. The fire happened at Holy Family Church in Ballymagroarty shortly after 22:00 BST on Friday night. The parochial house of the church was evacuated and 20 firefighters tackled the blaze. Photo by Lorcan Doherty / Press Eye.

Police are investigating an arson attack on a Catholic Church in Londonderry.

An outbuilding beside Holy Family Church in the Aileach Road area of Ballymagroarty was set alight at around 10.30pm.

Those attending an event in the nearby parochial house had to be taken to safety as around 20 firefighters battled the blaze.

The Fire Service said CCTV showed a group of youths starting the fire in a shed which had put lives in danger.

Detective Constable Fielding added: “An outbuilding adjacent to Holy Family on Aileach Road was set alight at around 10.30pm. The blaze spread to the church and nearby parochial house causing damage to both. The outbuilding was completely destroyed.

"At this stage we believe two males may have been involved in starting this fire and we are keen to identify them. We would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at around the time of the fire or anyone who may have information regarding this crime. The number to call is 101, please quote reference 2311 24/05/19.”

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