‘It’s miracle no one was killed’

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A man living close to where arsonists set fire to an electricity sub-station on Friday has said that it was a “miracle no one was killed”.

Father of one, Tony McClelland, was one of the first on the scene after arsonists set fire to a sub-station near Temple Park just off the Ferndale Road in Galliagh.

The fire started at 6.45p.m. and resulted in the loss of power to almost 3000 homes. Power was fully restored by N.I.E. staff yesterday afternoon.

Speaking to The Sunday Journal at the scene of the fire, Mr. McClelland recalled hearing a “loud bang” and said that the situation could have been much worse had the fire spread to a nearby mobile fast food trailer.w

“The sub-station caught fire and soon after there was a loud bang. It’s a miracle no one was killed,” he said.

“There are a lot of children living in this area and I think it’s by pure chance that no one was injured or killed as a result.

“There was a mobile fish and chip trailer with canisters of propane gas and full of cooking oil nearby and I dread to think what would have happened had that caught light.”