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Local MP visits scene of forest fire

9 June, 2006

Sinn Féin MP for Mid-Ulster Martin McGuinness this morning praised the work of fire fighters who have spent much of the morning fighting a forest fire outside Draperstown.

Speaking from the scene Mr McGuinness said:

"Given the extent of this blaze it is remarkable that nobody has been seriously injured.

"I would join with local people in paying tribute to the efforts of the fire fighters who came here this morning to tackle this blaze. Without their efforts I am quite sure that we would be in a much worse situation this morning.

"It is important that people take extra care in hot weather like this to try and prevent these types of fires from taking root." ENDS

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