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Cause of fire at derelict Portrush property 'suspicious' - 52 firefighters tackled the blaze

By Claire Williamson

Police are treating a fire at a derelict property in Portrush, which was tackled by fifty-two firefighters, as suspicious.

The blaze occurred in an unoccupied end-of-terrace property at Bath Terrace in Portrush, Co Antrim.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said the alarm was raised at about 9pm on Sunday night.

The blaze was reported to police at around 9.10pm. The NIFRS, who attended and extinguished the flames, now believe the fire may have been caused deliberately.

The fire was described as well developed with crews from Portrush supported by others from Coleraine, Portstewart, Ballymoney, Ballycastle, Ballymena, Northland and Strabane.

The fire was said to be under control after midnight but crews were expected to remain on scene for several hours to ensure it was fully extinguished.

Detective Sergeant Wallace from Reactive and Organised Crime said: “The building will be entered and examined by PSNI Crime Scene Investigators once building control officials have determined it is safe to do so.

"I would appeal to anyone with information about this crime to please contact police by calling 101 quoting reference number 1029 16/04/17.”

Police at the scene of a fire at an unoccupied house in Portrush in the early hours of Monday morning. 17-04-17 Picture: MARK JAMIESON.
Police at the scene of a fire at an unoccupied house in Portrush in the early hours of Monday morning. 17-04-17 Picture: MARK JAMIESON.
17-04-17 The scene of a fire at an unoccupied house in Portrush in the early hours of Monday morning.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
A passer-by takes a picture of a building that caught fire on Sunday/Monday morning in Portrush. 17-04-17 Picture: MARK JAMIESON.

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