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Police appeal over deliberate fire at derelict church

Mon 26 Jun 2017
By Eno Adeogun

Police are investigating a fire which they say was started in a derelict church deliberately.

Emergency services were called after locals noticed smoke coming from the building in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland at around 8pm on Saturday.

The fire was extinguished by a fire crew inside the church.

Detectives have launched an investigation and are urging anyone with information to get in touch.

Inspector Allan Orr said: "Thankfully there was no-one in the building and no-one injured as a result of the fire or the smoke.

"However, had the two members of the public not noticed the smoke, the fire could have spread and the consequences much worse."

A Scottish Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said: "We received a call on Saturday at 7.58pm at a derelict church on Main Street in Alexandria.

"There was a small fire on the ground floor which was put out by our crew by 8.29pm."

Police ask that anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to contact them on 101.

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