Man arrested after Simon Community blaze in Derry

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  • Man arrested on suspicion of arson
  • Fire Brigade on scene within minutes
  • No injuries after staff evacuate residents
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A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life following a fire at the Simon Community in Derry this morning.

Fire-fighters had to use a water jet to help bring a fire at the Simon Community building in Derry under control in the early hours of Wednesday.

The alarm was raised at 2.21am and the first fire appliance arrived at the premises on Bonds Hill within minutes and staff managed to get everyone out of the building unhurt.

The fire originated in a first floor apartment.

The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said four appliances from Northland Road and Crescent Link were deployed to help put it out.

A mobile command unit from Strabane was also tasked to the scene, and the water jet was used alongside the normal hosiery jet.

Six fire-fighters used breathing apparatus at the scene.

The fire was reported extinguished by 2.56am.

A PSNI spokesman confirmed to the Journal today: “A man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life following an incident at Bond’s Hill in the Waterside.

“Fire Control informed police of the blaze at 2.25am.

“The man remains in custody.”