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Fire at William Clark and Sons Maghera linen mill

The fire was confined to one building. Picture by BBC

UP to 30 firefighters were last night tackling a major fire at Ireland's oldest linen fabric mill.

William Clark and Sons, based at Upperlands, outside Maghera in Co Derry traces its history to 1736.

It describes itself as one of the world's oldest companies and 35 people work at the plant.

A fire, which was confined to one building, was spotted by a dog walker yesterday afternoon.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said it had deployed three pumping appliances and three specialist appliances yesterday.

Firefighters were able to pump water from dam son the site of the mill to help tackle the fire. While a 150-year-old building was destroyed, owners said the fire was contained within that one building and the business was still intact.

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