14 January 2006

Nuns escape harm in convent blaze


The fire-damaged roof of the covent in west Belfast

Nine nuns have escaped injury after a fire, believed to have been started deliberately, damaged a convent in west Belfast.

The fire started in a storage shed next to the Sisters of Mercy Convent on the Ardnavagh Road in Beechmount at 2150 GMT on Friday.

It then spread to the convent and badly damaged the roof and the kitchen.

The nuns, including a 98-year-old, were badly shocked but not injured. No one needed to be moved from the convent.

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