Limavady shed fire ‘deliberate’

Damage to the shed at the back of the property at Glenmill Walk in Limavady
Damage to the shed at the back of the property at Glenmill Walk in Limavady

There have been calls for a public meeting in the Glens area of Limavady after a shed at a property was deliberately set alight at the weekend. The call comes after the blaze at the property in Glenmill Park on Friday night.

NI Fire & Rescue Service say the fire is being treated as deliberate

A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson said they received a call at 9.01pm.

Two fire appliances from Limavady Fire Station and one fire appliance from Dungiven were deployed to the scene.

“Firefighters using one hosereel jet and one covering jet dealt with a wooden shed alight in a back garden. There were no reports of any injuries,” said the spokesperson.“Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service finished at the scene at 9:25pm and the fire is being treated as deliberate.”

A spokesperson for Glens Community Association said people were feeling unsettled.

“People are saying they’re fed up with vandalism in the area, and are scared because they don’t know what it’s going to be next,” said the spokesperson, who said other recent incident have included stones being thrown at homes. “People are just waiting for the next thing to happen.”

Sinn Fein councillor, Brenda Chivers condemned what happened, and said it was lucky no-one was injured. She said she would support the local Community Association in facilitating a public meeting, if needed.

Recalling a series of arson attacks in Limavady in 2008, Colr. Chivers said such incidents can have serious consequences.

A spokesperson for the NI Housing Executive said the shed is to be removed by HE staff.