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Police treating blaze at Co Down pub as arson

Two members of staff at McCoy’s pub in Newry were beaten and tied up by a group of intruders, who then set the premises on fire.

POLICE IN CO DOWN are treating a major fire at a Newry pub as an arson attack.

The PSNI say four men burst into McCoy’s Bar at Kilmorey Street in Newry in the early hours of this morning, tied up two members of staff, and set fire to the premises.

Sixty firefighters and 12 appliances were required to extinguish the flames, the BBC reports.

The two men, who were badly beaten and left trapped in the back yard of the pub, were rescued by firefighters and brought to hospital where they were reportedly treated for smoke inhalation and shock.

RTÉ reports that drivers of HGVs and motorists travelling to Warrenpoint Harbour have been advised to avoid the area and take an alternative route via Mayobridge, Hilltwon or Rostrevor.

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