Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper commenting following a deliberate fire caused extensive damage to garages attached to the parochial house at Holy Family Church in the Ballymagroarty area of Derry last night.
Councillor Cooper said “I visited the scene on Friday night after being contacted by worried parishioners as the blaze could be seen across a wide area and photos of the fire appeared on social media.
“There was shock in the local community and a concern that the fire could spread to parochial house and the chapel.
“I would like to commend the quick actions of the Fire Service in preventing this blaze from spreading as this could have been a lot worse.
“It’s important in the coming days that we all offer our support to the local parish priest Father Paddy O’Kane in whatever assistance is needed.
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“If anyone has any information on those responsible for starting the fire they need to bring it forward straight away.