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Properties damaged at bonfire in Killymerron

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Properties damaged at bonfire in Killymerron thumbnailThe remains of the Killymerron 11th bonfire and boarded windows on nearby homes.

A ROW of houses have been left boarded up after an Eleventh night bonfire in Dungannon.

Doors and window frames melted and windows cracked as residents of Killymerron feared for their homes as the 80 foot bonfire blazed.

In total four properties sustained damage as a result of the bonfire at Killymerron Park.

Crews were called to the area at 11.30pm and had to hose the properties down to cool them.

Questions remain over who will pay for the damaged caused by the bonfire as the Northern Ireland Office confirmed it did not operate a bonfire compensation scheme.

"The issue of bonfires is complex and often involves a number of organisations operating within the devolved administration such as the local council an the respective landowners," said a spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Office.

"Where an individual is seeking compensation for damage to property, the specific circumstances of each claim will define the process."

Meanwhile, Sinn Fein MP Francie Molloy has described the situation as "intolerable".

"The bonfire was erected in Killymerron Park which is a mixed area and this year it was built close to residents' homes, prompting serious concerns in the run-up to the Eleventh night," he said.

"Residents should not have to live in fear in their own homes."

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