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Former Foyle College School site extensively damaged after blaze

A former school in Londonderry has been extensively damaged by fire, thought to have been started deliberately.

According to the BBC firefighters were called to the blaze at the former Foyle College site on Northland Road at around 3.30am on Saturday.

The blaze has been fully extinguished.

It is understood the fire may have been the result of antisocial behaviour at the site.

Posted by Warren Macfarland on Friday, July 6, 2018

The building has been empty since the school moved to a new site on Limavady Road in the Waterside.

Earlier this morning, the PSNI advised anyone living in the vicinity of the blaze to keep their windows and doors closed due to fears over asbestos in the building.

However, the fire service later told the BBC that there was no impact to the public around asbestos.

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Former Foyle College site. Credit: PSNI

Inspector Shaw said “It was reported that shortly after 3:30am the disused building was on fire and was later left gutted as a result of this.  We believe this was started deliberately and are asking for the public’s assistance with the investigation.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact Strand Road on 101 quoting reference 277 07/07/2018.  Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”  

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