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Pavilion to be demolished after attack

By Will Ellison

A Co Londonderry cricket pavilion will have to be demolished after extensive damage caused by a suspected arson attack.

Fire and Rescue Service responded to a call at Burndennett Cricket Club near Strabane at 2.30am on Saturday.

Police have described the fire that started at an oil tank and spread to the main building as “suspicious”.

The clubhouse will have to be pulled down and it could be many months before the club is back to its original state.

Burndennett's Tony Henderson said: “Apparently it was malicious. Somebody set fire to the oil tank by the building and then it caught to the main building. I was at the club house yesterday. It's beyond repair, it has been destroyed.

“At this point I don't know how much it will cost to repair; we'll be starting the process of getting costs shortly.

“It will be a few months before the club will be back to its former state. Maybe it will take four to six months. I don't know.”

He added: “Our club is a mixed club, there's a lot of good people here. This has been very upsetting. There's no bitterness in it. This was the actions of vandals or ruffians, but I just don't know.”

Fire and Rescue commander Mark Darrall said: “The extent of the fire is so severe, the body of the building has been severely damaged. I believe the building is beyond repair.”

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area or saw any suspicious activity at the time to contact detectives on 0845 600 8000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Meanwhile police have also appealed for information about a fire at a business premises in the Carnmoney Road area of Eglinton yesterday. An office was substantially damaged and a vehicle damaged in the fire, which occurred early yesterday.

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