Firefighters tackle blaze at former school building

Firefighters at the scene. Picture: NIFRS.

FIREFIGHTERS drafted in an aerial platform to combat an arson attack at the disused Parkhall College in Antrim.

NIFRSNorth said on social media: “Deliberate fire at disused Parkhall College, Antrim.

“We were called at 0247hrs & required 4 pumps & an aerial platform to bring the fire under control by 0530hrs.

“These deliberate fires are a drain on resources better employed #protectingourcommunity Arson is a crime.”

Group Commander Dermot McPoland told Belfast Live: “We got the call at 2.47am from a mobile phone and were told a derelict building was on fire. At the height of the call we had four appliances and the aerial platform in attendance and 24 officers.

“Deliberate fires are a waste of resources and impact on the community taking crews away from areas, the aerial ladder came from Belfast.

“People setting these fires need to cease, they are putting themselves and firefighters in danger doing this.”

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