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Belfast woman's shock at seeing neighbour's Madrid Street home go up in flames

By Brett Campbell

Published 14/11/2016

The house in Madrid Street, east Belfast, that was set alight
The house in Madrid Street, east Belfast, that was set alight

An east Belfast resident has spoken of her horror at looking out of her window to see a neighbour's home engulfed in flames.

The occupant of the home which was attacked in Madrid Street in east Belfast is believed to have moved out. The downstairs windows and the front door have been boarded up.

Scorch marks are visible up the side of one of the windows and white paint stains line the roof of the terraced porch in the apparent aftermath of a paint bomb attack.

A local resident spoke of her horror when she looked outside to see the property engulfed in flames on Saturday night.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, she said: "It's normally quiet here, it's usually a safe area. I have young children in the house, so I'm not really sure what to make of it if I am honest."

Another resident, who was not at home at the time of the attack, said that he understands the occupants of the house were not harmed in the incident.

Alliance councillor David Armitage has condemned the attack and appealed for no retaliation.

"I condemn the attack and all acts of violence," he said.

"I would encourage people to go to the authorities if they have any information. If they feel uncomfortable going to the police, they should contact their elective representatives or Crimestoppers.

"I hope the residents of the house are safe and my thoughts are with them.

"I would also ask for no retaliation. Violence always creates more trouble. The only way forward is for communities in east Belfast to work together for a shared future."

A PSNI spokesperson has made an appeal for information.

"Detective Sergeant McPhillips would appeal to anyone who may have information which may assist the investigation to contact detectives at Reactive and Organised Crime, Musgrave Police Station, on the non emergency number 101," the PSNI said.

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