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Fire service chief slams those behind arson at disused Tyrone school

A top fire officer has slammed those responsible for an arson attack at a former Northern Ireland school saying they put lives in danger.

The former St Patrick's Academy in Dungannon was left devastated after the weekend blaze.

Clouds of smoke and flame could be seen rising above the school buildings as firefighters battled the blaze, which is thought to have begun in temporary buildings on the disused site.

Five fire engines, one aerial appliance, two water tankers and a command support vehicle were sent to tackle the blaze at Killymeal Road, on the edge of the town. A total of 43 firefighters were at the scene on Sunday night as the operation to bring the incident under control got under way.

A number of Portacabins were destroyed.

The public was advised to keep windows and doors closed.

On Monday morning assistant group commander at the Fire Service Max Joyce said the blaze was deliberate.

"This is mindless act that put firefighter lives in danger and could have lead to someone getting hurt," he said.

"Those that set these fires need to think about what they are doing and really need to stop it."

Police are investigating and have appealed for information.

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