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Belfast man injured trying to rescue dogs from arson attack house

A man is being treated in hospital after he attempted to enter his burning house as he thought his dogs were inside.

Detectives are investigating the arson attack on a house on the Rockview Street in south Belfast.

The property was discovered alight by the male resident who was returning home at around 4.15pm on Tuesday.

He then attempted to enter the property to locate two pet dogs but was beaten back by thick smoke.

He sustained some minor burn injuries and was suffering from smoke inhalation.

He is being treated in hospital.

It later transpired that the two pet dogs were not inside the property at the time and have been located safe and well and returned to their owner.

The property has been extensively damaged by the blaze.

Detective Constable Philip Cummings said: “We are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information about this crime to get in touch with us. Detectives can be contacted on 101, quoting reference number 933 10/10/17.”

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