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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 August 2006, 11:55 GMT 12:55 UK
Jobs at risk after 'depot arson'
Fire damage in tyre depot
The owner put the damage to his two depots at 500,000
Up to 10 staff may lose their jobs at two tyre stores in Dungannon damaged by suspected arson attacks, the owner of the depots has warned.

Firefighters were called to the blazes at Scotch Street and Ballygawley Road just before 0500 BST on Wednesday.

Both fires were brought under control and residents who were moved from their homes have since returned.

Proprietor Philip White said he was "devastated". He estimated the damage caused by the fires was worth 500,000.

Mr White said premises he owns in Armagh have been targeted twice before.

Depot owner Philip White
Philip White said his business had been targeted before
Area commander Ian Doyle said the fact the fires were almost at the same time pointed in the direction of arson.

Earlier, group commander John Allen said the homes had been evacuated because of an explosion risk.

"We have taken the precautionary measure of evacuating some people from their homes for their own safety and well-being," he said.

"We also have to consider that there is asbestos within the roof. Our primary concern is for the safety of the public."

Damage caused by the fires

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