Fire-fighters battle deliberate gorse blaze

Fire-fighters work to put out the flames at the gorse fire between Mountfield and Greencastle on Monday.

DESPITE this week’s icy weather conditions, local fire crews were tasked to fight a deliberate gorse fire between Mountfield and Greencastle.
Two appliances from Omagh were deployed to the wildland fire at the Cashel Road on Monday afternoon.
The Fire Service described the incident as a “drain on resources” and appealed for the community to be aware of the consequences of “deliberate fire setting.”
A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Spokesperson said, “NIFRS responded to a report of a gorse fire on Cashel Road, Omagh on February 26 at 2.32pm.
“Two appliances from Omagh Fire Station attended the incident. Firefighters extinguished the fire.
“The cause of the fire was determined as deliberate and the incident was dealt with at 4.30pm.
“We are appealing to everyone within the local community to be aware of the dangers and consequences of deliberate fire setting.
“It ties up our vital resources from other more serious incidents and potentially puts people and property at risk.”

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