Fire crews extinguish blaze at 'historic building' in Lurgan

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Fire crews in Lurgan have extinguished a fire that gutted a derelict building, described by a local representative as 'very historic'.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) received a call at around 4.30am to attend a blaze on High Street in the Co Armagh town.

It is believed the fire started after rubbish was ignited and while the fire crew arrived on the scene within minutes, the flames were already bursting through the roof.

Group commander Max Joyce said the fire developed "extremely quickly" as it started in an row of old buildings, with extremely complex layouts, plenty of dry timber and voids.

He said the 33 officers, who were also assisted by the British Red Cross had put out the fire by 11am.

Upper Bann MLA Carla Lockhart paid tribute to the fire fighters, whose swift action ensure the damage was largely confined to that one building.

She added that it was "most unfortunate to see the significant damage which has been caused to this very historic building".