25 March 2006

North: Fire crews attacked after attending hoax call


25/03/2006 - 09:51:54

Fire crews were attacked after being lured to west Belfast by a hoax call early today.

Youths hurled bricks and bottles at the fire crews who answered a 3.40am call to a house fire on the Springfield Road.

When they arrived they discovered there was no fire and the call had been a hoax. However a number of windows had been broken in the unoccupied house.

An 18-year-old youth was arrested for riotous assembly and later released pending reports.

Meanwhile in Portadown, Co Armagh, a school was badly damaged in a fire.

A classroom in Lismore Comprehensive in Portadown was destroyed and several other classrooms extensively smoke damaged.

The Fire and Rescue Service said it was only their swift response to the blaze which prevented it spreading throughout the school.

Police forensic experts were carrying out an examination of the school to establish whether the fire was started deliberately or was an accident.

A man was also being questioned by police today following a fire at a north Belfast house in which a woman was injured.

The woman was said to be seriously ill in hospital after the blaze at Clanmorris Street.

A police spokeswoman said she was rescued shortly after fire crews and police arrived at midnight.

An examination of the scene was being carried out to establish the exact cause of the fire.

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