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Man injured after attempt to move burning car from house after Derry arson attack

Homes evacuated after gas leak

By Claire Williamson

A man was injured as he tried to move a burning car away from a house after an arson attack in Londonderry.

Shortly after 5am on Tuesday morning the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service dealt with a car on fire which then spread to a two-storey mid-terrace house in the Dove Gardens area in the Bogside.

The front of the property was damaged by the flames.

A 48-year-old man was treated for burns which he sustained as he tried to move the burning car away from the house. Police said his injuries are believed to be "minor in nature" and that the man did not attend hospital as a result.

The NIFRS was then called back to the same area at 10.23am to a report of the smell of gas in the area.

The NIFRS said it seems the gas pipes had been weakened by the fire from the previous incident.

A cordon was put in place and ten people were evacuated from five houses as a precautionary measure.

Firmus Gas attended and isolated the gas supply. The incident was brought under control at 12.32pm.

Police are investigating the suspected arson attack on the car.

Sergeant Nick Rainey said: “We are keen to hear from witnesses or anyone with information regarding this incident. Please call 101, quoting reference number 174 25/07/17.”

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