Four teenage boys, one aged 14 and three aged 15, were arrested last night after the ‘Summer House’ at the Florencecourt National Trust estate in Fermanagh was targeted in an arson attack.
The ‘Summer House’ structure, which had a wooden frame and thatched roof, was set alight at around 8.30pm. It has been completely destroyed.
The males remain in custody this morning assisting police with their enquiries
Jim Chestnutt, National Trust Manager at Florence Court admitted it was devastating news.
“Sadly last evening, our Summer House at Florence Court was totally destroyed by fire. Most importantly no-one was injured in the incident. The fire brigade and police attended the scene, and the cause is being investigated.
“This is a very sad event for National Trust staff and volunteers at the property, and for the thousands of visitors who visit Florence Court annually. The thatched building surrounded with its heather clad walls sat on a high area overlooking the Pleasure Gardens and was a favourite destination for the beautiful views across the gardens to Benaughlin and distant mountains.
“This news is devastating for the staff and volunteers who love and care for Florence Court, one of our most beautiful places in Northern Ireland. However, as a conservation charity we are committed to looking after these special places for ever and the team at Florence Court is confident that the Summer House can be fully restored.
“Florence Court remains open to the public this weekend, and our team will continue to provide a warm welcome to our visitors.”
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