Crews deal with fire at Herdman’s Mill in Sion Mills

Fire Crews have dealt with a blaze at the historic Herdman’s Mill in Sion Mills.

Three appliances and one aerial appliance attended the scene following a report of a fire at the derelict property at around 8pm yesterday evening.

The fire was brought under control just before midnight.

In a statement West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan says he is bitterly disappointed following another suspected arson attack on Herdman’s Mill and calls on public authorities to intervene to protect this historic site.
Mr McCrossan said:
“It is bitterly disappointing to learn of yet another fire at the Herdman’s site. This is a hugely important and historical site in Tyrone which has been subjected to a spate of arson attacks in the last few years.
“The people of Sion Mills and the wider area are fed up with the Mill being left in ruins and are upset that a large piece of their history has literally gone up in flames.
“I would advise anyone who spotted any suspicious activity around the time of the fire to get in touch with the PSNI as soon as possible.
“Something has to be done about this. I have engaged with various Departments in the past to take ownership of the site and put it in the hands of local people. If action is not taken, I fear there will literally be nothing left of the Mill and the history attributed to it.”