Belfast Telegraph

Man's shock as arsonists target Armagh home

By Chris Kilpatrick

A man whose home was gutted in an early morning arson attack said those responsible could have killed him.

Louis O'Neill awoke to shouts from his neighbours alerting him his property was on fire.

The property at Mullacreevie Park in Armagh was targeted shortly after 2.10am on Saturday.

Mr O'Neill's wife, who was not in the house at the time, is due to give birth to their first child in five weeks.

"When I came down I looked out and saw that the back door of the house was ablaze," he said.

Extensive smoke damage has been caused to the back of the house. Mr O'Neill, who has lived in the estate his entire life, said he had no idea why he was targeted, but his wife was too afraid to return to the area, describing the attack as "callous and cowardly.".

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