‘Fire could have caused risk to people’s lives’- Hearty

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Sinn Féin Councillor Terry Hearty has condemned those responsible for the fire in Lismore Park in Crossmaglen that set fire to resident’s fences.

Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Hearty said,

“I spoke to a number of residents whose fence went up in flames as a result of vandals lighting a gathering of rubbish such as pallets and old timber. Those residents were petrified that their houses could have been set alight or their oil tanks which are situated a few metres away from their fences.

“I hope that in future young people will be deterred from burning rubbish for bonfires and that they will stop and consider the damage that they could cause to the surrounding area, or more importantly the risk they could have caused to people’s lives.

Hearty added, “The people from this area are very annoyed and frightened over this incident. They will have to go and restore their fences at a time when they are already suffering financial hardship.”

“I would like to praise the hard work of the fire brigade for their quick action, they arrived at the scene in a matter of minutes and managed to control the fire and prevent further serious damage to the resident’s houses. More importantly they prevented anyone from being injured as a result of this fire.”


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