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Detectives launch arson probe after fire burns holes in bungalows' roofs

By Nevin Farrell

Published 29/09/2015

Investigation: police at fire scene
Investigation: police at fire scene

Two bungalows were left with gaping holes in their roofs after an intense fire yesterday morning.

No one was hurt in the blaze on a housing estate in Ballycastle, but police are investigating if it was started deliberately.

The fire was mentioned at court in Coleraine yesterday, when a defence solicitor said a man was unable to attend because the blaze had damaged his home.

Fire crews in three engines from Ballycastle and Coleraine attended the scene.

Sinn Fein councillor Cara McShane said: "My thoughts are with the people living in the properties affected by the fire.

"It is my understanding that all of the single-bedroom properties were occupied and that all tenants have escaped unharmed.

"I have been liaising with the Housing Executive, and they have personnel at the scene to help those people impacted and to ensure they are assessed and rehoused without delay. A full investigation is now under way, and I would appeal to anyone with information to come forward."

Independent councillor Padraig McShane praised the quick response of firefighters and those who raised the alarm.

"I am relieved that no one has been hurt or worse in this incident," he added.

A Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said they received a call at 8.05am to a report of a fire at Glentaisie Drive.

"Two fire appliances from Ballycastle Fire Station and one fire appliance from Coleraine Fire Station were deployed," they added.

"Two bungalows were badly damaged, with residents out of the properties before the arrival of firefighters. Two other properties received slight smoke damage."

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