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Firefighters battle to extinguish 'deliberate' blaze at old building in Lurgan

Firefighters in Lurgan on Sunday battled to extinguish a blaze at an old building in the centre of the town.

The Fire Service received a call out to a building on High Street at around 4.30am this morning and were on site in five minutes.

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Group Commander Max Joyce said the fire had been started either in a bin or on rubbish, and by the time fire crews arrived it had burnt through the roof of the building.

He said it was his belief the fire was started deliberately, and asked any possible perpetrators to "think long and hard before doing these stupid actions".

"The building itself is in a row of old buildings on the main street and you have voids and dry timbers, and that is why the fire spread so quickly," he said.

"The firefighters did a first class job this morning by stopping that spreading from all of the adjoining properties."

In total 33 firefighters were in attendance, with four pumps, two aerial platforms, and a water platform.

Mr Joyce also praised the support given to the crews by the British Red Cross, who often attend incidents of this size and provide tea, soup and biscuits to the firefighters.

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