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Fire Service praised for 'swift action' following Lurgan fire

DUP assembly member Carla Lockhart at the scene of a fire in Lurgan
Marie Louise McConville

A "very historic" building in Lurgan has been gutted in a fire.

Fire crews battled a blaze at the derelict building on High Street in the Co Armagh town yesterday.

The fire broke out around 4.30am but was extinguished by 11am.

Northern Ireland Fire Service Group commander Max Joyce said the fire had developed "extremely quickly" in a row of old buildings, adding that 33 officers, assisted by the British Red Cross, were involved in the operation.

DUP assembly member Carla Lockhart praised the Fire Service for "their swift action in getting the blaze under control".

"As well as being a commercial area there are people living in flats above some of these shops and if the fire had spread, it could have been a serious risk to life," she said.

She added it was "most unfortunate to see the significant damage which has been caused to this very historic building".

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