Limavady fire: Boy, 12, arrested on suspicion of arson after abandoned nightclub blaze

Firefighters at the scene on Thursday evening
-Credit: (Image: Niall Deeney / Belfast Live)


A child has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life following a fire at a derelict nightclub in Limavady, police have said.

The fire, at the Catherine Street area of Limavady, was reported to emergency services shortly before 5.55pm on Thursday. A large portion of the town centre was cordoned off as fire crews worked to bring the blaze under control.

A 12-year-old boy has now been arrested on suspicion of arson.

Read more: Live updates as emergency services attend large fire in Limavady

People had been advised to avoid the area with local residents being asked to keep their doors and windows closed.

While the blaze had been brought under control overnight, the road remained closed on Friday morning with motorists still being advised to avoid the area.

Speaking to Belfast Live last night, a woman who works in a nearby shop said the building she was in briefly 'shook' from what she believed was an explosion relating to the abandoned nightclub fire.

David Doherty, western area commander for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS), told the BBC there were "several gas cylinders" involved in the blaze and "suspected asbestos in the roof tiles".

He told the broadcaster: "Our crews worked very hard in the early stages to contain the fire and mitigate the damages to businesses up and down the street."

In a statement on Friday morning, a spokesperson for the PSNI said: "Detectives investigating a report of arson at the Catherine Street area of Limavady on Thursday 30 th May, have made an arrest.

PSNI Detective Inspector Lavery said: “Shortly before 5:55pm, it was reported that a fire occurred at derelict premises in the area. Colleagues from Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service, who were already in attendance brought the fire under control. Thankfully, there were no reports of any injuries and the incident is being treated as deliberate ignition at this time.

“A 12 year old male was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and bailed pending further enquiries.

“Catherine Street remains closed with diversions in place and motorists are advised to avoid the area."

The officer added: “Enquiries are continuing in relation to the incident and police would appeal to anyone with any information to contact them on 101 quoting reference number 1515 30/05/24. Alternatively, you can submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.”

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