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Repairs to begin on US homestead


Firefighters rushed to try and save Woodrow Wilson's

Repair work is to begin immediately on the ancestral home of US president Woodrow Wilson, which was damaged by fire on Thursday.

The thatched roof of the cottage at Dergalt near Strabane was destroyed in the blaze, which started accidentally.

Firefighters managed to save the building and some historical artefacts.

Dr Phil Moet from the Ulster American Folk Park - which owns the building - said the cottage needs to be open again as soon as possible.

"We've got quite a job on our hands now to get this building back into order again as we approach the visitor season.

"Anything to do with American connections and American presidents is very popular, and this was one of a handful of related exhibits in this region that have American connections," he said.

Woodrow Wilson was president of the United States from 1913 to 1921.

President Wilson's grandfather emigrated from County Tyrone to North Carolina in the early 19th century.

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