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Repeated arson attacks at Crumlin Road Courthouse 'putting lives at risk'

Fire crews attended a fire at the old Crumlin Road Courthouse on Tuesday evening. Picture by Philip Walsh

SEVEN fire appliances from across Belfast were drafted in last night to tackle a blaze at the former Crumlin Road Courthouse which took two hours to extinguish.

Popular north Belfast visitor attraction Crumlin Road Gaol, connected on the other side of the street by an underground tunnel, was affected by spoke from the fire.

It is the fourth fire since August 2 at the derelict building which has planning permission to be converted into a hotel.

 

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said last night that there was a "deliberate ignition by fire starters" in the basement after receiving an emergency call shortly after 5pm.

Group commander William Johnston warned the arsonists are putting themselves in danger due to unstable ceilings and missing floors.

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