A number of older people were left “terrified” in their own homes after a deliberate fire in Glengalliagh Park on Tuesday night.
The fire was started deliberately in a skip close to a residential area.
One older gentleman who lives in the area and did not want to be named said he was angry and annoyed.
“This type of thing is happening all too often. Myself and my wife should not feel terrified in our own home. I think when you reach our age you have earned the right to be able to live in peace. We shouldn’t have to deal with this sort of thing outside of our front door,” said the man.
A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) told the ‘Journal’:
“NIFRS received a call at 11:46pm to a report of a fire at the Slievemore Park, Carnhill area of the city on Tuesday night.
“One fire appliance from Northland Fire Station was deployed to the scene of a fire in a skip in the area. The incident ended at 00:06am and is being treated as a deliberate fire.”
Local Sinn Fein councillor for the area, Sandra Duffy, said she was sickened by the incident.
“The older people living in the area should not have to put up with this.
“There are plenty of things for people to be getting on with in this area without starting deliberate fires,” she said,
“People would just wish that these sorts of incidents would stop. A mountain of work is going on in the area night and day to improve the lives of local residents. We will not be deflected from continuing that work,” added Colr. Duffy.
Local SDLP councillor for the area, Brian Tierney, condemned those responsible for the fire.
“There’s a lot of anger in this area today [Wednesday]. I have spoken to some of the older people who live in the area and they have told me that these type of incidents leave them very afraid,” said Colr. Tierney.