It’s one of those odd stories.
Police were today investigating a blaze which has caused hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage and destroyed a Co Down fire station.
Firefighters were forced to stand helplessly by as their station in Rathfriland was engulfed in flames during the overnight blaze. Two fire appliances were also destroyed in the fire.
Fire and Rescue Service area commander Don McKay said that contingency measures are in place to ensure there is adequate fire cover in the area. Local firefighters received an emergency call at around 4am this morning but when they arrived at the station they realised it was their own building that was ablaze.
So, what did they actually do?
Due to health and safety reasons they were unable to enter the building to access equipment to fight the flames. Emergency crews from Newry were called to the scene to help control the fire.
Got that? Because of “health and safety reasons” Fireman stood by and watched their Fire Station go up in a cloud of smoke.