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Man (55) released after arrest in connection with north Belfast suspected arson attack

Published 14/02/2016

The scene of a deliberate fire in the Glencairn Crescent area of Belfast on February 14, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye).
The scene of a deliberate fire in the Glencairn Crescent area of Belfast on February 14, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye).

A 55-year-old man has been released following his arrest in a suspected arson attack which left a north Belfast home completely destroyed.

He was the second man to have been arrested over the weekend in connection with arson on properties.

The PSNI confirmed on Sunday that he had been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

A blaze discovered at the home in Glencairn Crescent around 6.30pm on Saturday night was deliberately started, according to police.

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 the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111."

A 33-year-old man was also arrested on Saturday by detectives investigating an arson attack in Clarehill Lane in Holywood, Co Down.

A shed was deliberately set alight shortly before 6.30am. The blaze quickly spread to a nearby oil tank and to a family home.

The occupants, a young couple along with their  four-year-old daughter, escaped upharmed.

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