Homes evacuated after shop set alight in Larne arson attack
A shop in Larne has been set alight in an arson attack.
The shutters at the premises on Dunluce Street were pulled up and flammable liquid, believed to be petrol, was poured inside and set alight at around 1.30am.
Three flats above the shop were evacuated while police and NIFRS dealt with the blaze.
This is the second time that the shop on Dunluce Street has been targeted in a month.
Alliance East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has condemned those behind an arson attack on a shop in Larne which forced residents in the building to leave their homes.
Stewart Dickson MLA said: “Whoever is responsible for this arson attack has put the lives of these residents at risk. There can be no justification for setting a building on fire.
“My thoughts are with the residents who were put out of their homes for the second time in a month.
“The people behind this attack must be urgently apprehended by the Police before any other lives are put in danger, so I would urge anybody with any information to contact the Police or Crimestoppers.”
Detective Sergeant Kerry Brennan said; "We are appealing for anyone with information regarding this crime to get in touch with us. We would especially like to hear from anyone who noticed a number of males in the area of the shop at around 1.30am this morning.
"Detectives can be contacted in Larne by calling 101."
If someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.”