Sinn Féin Councillor Eric McGinley commenting after a major blaze at the main building of the old Foyle College on the Northland Road in Derry.
Councillor McGinley said “I visited the school just before 7am this morning after learning of the overnight fire.
“It was a sad sight to see what was once a bustling home of education for thousands of children in our city now a burnt out shell.
“Just this week our party’s Education spokesperson local MLA Karen Mullan had arranged a site visit with members of the Board of Governors and community representatives to look at how we could actively work together to stop anti community activity at the site.
“I would like to praise the Fire Service who battled through the night to contain such a large fire.
“Its important that this site is fully secured whilst decisions are made about its future following this blaze.”