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Former Foyle school site is gutted in night-time inferno

by staff reporter

Concerned community representatives are seeking an urgent meeting with Foyle College authorities after fire gutted a former school building in Londonderry.

Firefighters were called to a blaze at the Foyle College site on Northland Road at around 3.30am on Saturday.

Four fire engines and an aerial platform fought the blaze. No one was injured.

It is suspected the fire may have been the result of anti-social behaviour at the site, which backs onto nearby houses. The building has been empty since the school moved to a new site on Limavady Road in the Waterside.

Foyleside councillor Darren O'Reilly said the building - now a smoking ruin - should be demolished and the site made safe as soon as possible.

"I'm calling for an immediate meeting next week between local representatives, the community and the school authorities to see that the site is made safe.

"There are homes very close to the rear of the derelict building, and residents are concerned for their safety," he commented.

Sinn Fein MLA Karen Mullan said she intended to meet school officials early this week to raise her concerns about the Foyle College site.

The PSNI have appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

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