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A fire at a building at the Albert Basin on Friday night is believed to have been started deliberately. Police are appealing for information from anyone who was in the area at the time. The incident took place around 6pm last Friday, 28 May.

Fire crew in attendance at the Albert Basin fire on Friday. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Fire crew in attendance at the Albert Basin fire on Friday. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Sergeant Cathy MacDonald said: “As the building is used only as a storage facility, there were no staff present at the time of the incident.  We believe that the fire was started deliberately, with significant damage caused to the roof and interior.

Four fire crews were in attendance at the Albert Basin on Friday. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Four fire crews were in attendance at the Albert Basin on Friday. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

“A police investigation is ongoing and I would ask anyone who saw unusual or suspicious activity in the area on Friday morning or afternoon, to get in touch with police on 101, quoting the reference number 1641 of 28/5/21."

A report can also be made online using the non-emergency reporting form via WWW.PSNI.POLICE.UK/MAKEAREPORT You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at CRIMESTOPPERS-UK.ORG

The warehouse on the Albert Basin. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
The warehouse on the Albert Basin. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
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