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Man (55) bailed after blaze guts house in Belfast

By Chris McCullough

Published 15/02/2016

A police officer enters the fire-damaged house at Glencairn Crescent
A police officer enters the fire-damaged house at Glencairn Crescent
Billy Hutchinson

A 55-year-old man arrested following a suspected arson attack on a house in north Belfast on Saturday evening has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Residents said they were shocked at the malicious fire in Glencairn Crescent reported at 6.30pm but were glad that no one was injured.

One neighbour said yesterday: "I only heard about the fire after a girl ran down the street to let us know.

"It was a big fire.

"I am not too sure how or why it started. It's shocking when something like this happens so close to your own home."

The contents of the property were completely destroyed, clearly visible through the front window from the street.

Windows at the front were melted such was the intensity of the flames.

Police remained outside the address during the course of yesterday.

The man was arrested on Saturday. According to the police, the fire was started deliberately from the inside.

Belfast PUP councillor Billy Hutchinson said: "I have spoken to the police but I am not clear of the circumstances surrounding this fire.

"No one seems to know the full details of what exactly happened, but I am aware the man has been released on bail. It's not such good news for the area, whatever happened."

A PSNI spokeswoman added: "The house, which was empty at the time, was completely gutted.

"DI Nigel Snoddy is appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact detectives at the offices of reactive and organised crime at Musgrave police station by calling 101. Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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