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Damage caused to Co Down gospel hall after suspected arson attack

The scene of the arson attack on Ballymagarrick Gospel Hall, between Lisburn and Carryduff. Picture by Justin Kernoghan/ PhotopressBelfast

POLICE are investigating a suspected arson attack at a gospel hall in Co Down.

Fire crews were called to Ballymagarrick Gospel Hall, between Carryduff and Lisburn, on Sunday following the overnight attack.

Substantial damage was caused to the hall, which is located on the Comber Road.

The church said that meetings at the hall have been cancelled this week following the blaze, but it was hoped that normal schedule would resume on Sunday.

The PSNI has confirmed they are investigating the circumstances of the fire. It is believed the blaze was started sometime between 10pm on Saturday and 9am on Sunday.

A Fire Service spokeswoman said that fire crews from Carryduff, Lisburn and Belfast all attended the scene shortly before 9am.

"Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus dealt with a ground floor fire in a non-residential building," the spokeswoman said.

"The cause of the fire appears to be deliberate. The incident was dealt with at 10.16am."

PSNI Inspector Niall Collins added: "I would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area of this hall to contact detectives in Lisburn Police Station".

Police forensic experts at the scene of an arson attack on a gospel hall. Picture by Justin Kernoghan/ PhotopressBelfast

The scene of the arson attack on Ballymagarrick Gospel Hall, between Lisburn and Carryduff. Picture by Justin Kernoghan/ PhotopressBelfast

The scene of the arson attack on Ballymagarrick Gospel Hall, between Lisburn and Carryduff. Picture by Justin Kernoghan/ PhotopressBelfast

 

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