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The ultimate fire sale: station (including pole) can be yours for £100k

BY CLAIRE WILLIAMSON

Have you ever dreamed of buying your very own fire station?

Calling all fire and rescue enthusiasts, now you have the opportunity to become the proud owner of Omagh Fire Station – complete with the pole.

The authentic and distinctive station on Mountjoy Road is currently up for sale and could be yours if you have £100,000 to spare.

Unfortunately, you won't be able to take the red fire engines out for a spin, as they are not included in the sale.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service is due to leave the premises at the end of March to move to a new facility on Killybrack Road, less than 100 yards away from the current station.

There is expected to be lots of interest in the two-storey building, which is situated in a prime location on one of the busiest approach roads into Omagh.

The station has provided a vital service since it opened in 1957, becoming a focal point of the Co Tyrone town.

Omagh Fire Station played a pivotal role in dealing with some of the major atrocities of the Troubles in the area.

This included the Omagh bomb which killed 29 people and left hundreds injured, many of whom were in a critical state, and the Ballygawley bus bomb, where eight soldiers were killed and a further 28 injured after a coach carrying members of the Light Infantry based in the town was targeted by the IRA.

The building is rich in history and celebrated the anniversary of its existence with a display of old photographs in 1997.

Now vacant, it provides a number of offices and stores on both floors in a variety of sizes – as well as kitchen and bathroom facilities.

It also has private parking to the front and side of the building.

SDLP councillor Josephine Deehan said the sale was a "wonderful opportunity for investment".

"My interest is to see business thrive within Omagh town and the opportunity to see a site within the town centre is wonderful for investment," Ms Deehan said.

"My hope would be that the site would be acquired by a business that would provide employment within the town.

"It clearly will be a competitive bidding, and it will remain to be seen who wants the site badly."

She added: "The existing fire station is not fit for purpose, in fact much of the administration is not carried out from that location.

"It's definitely long past its sell-by date in that regard."

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