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People flee their homes after 'suspicious' garden fire

By Nevin Farrell

Published 29/06/2015

A number of people fled their homes as firefighters prevented flames spreading to houses after a blaze in Co Antrim which is being treated as suspicious by police
A number of people fled their homes as firefighters prevented flames spreading to houses after a blaze in Co Antrim which is being treated as suspicious by police

A number of people fled their homes as firefighters prevented flames spreading to houses after a blaze in Co Antrim which is being treated as suspicious by police.

There were no reports of any injuries during the fire in the Tobar Park estate in Cullybackey.

The only rescue was of a pet Jack Russell dog which had been trapped in a kennel near a burning shed and an oil tank.

A PSNI spokeswoman said the house was vacant at the time and all lines of enquiry as to a motive are being investigated.

The fire took hold around 11.30pm on Saturday. Ballymena Fire Station Commander Adrian Armour said a large garden shed went on fire and it spread to an oil tank.

Two appliances from Ballymena raced to the scene and although the shed was destroyed there was only slight smoke damage to the house.

Police believe that damage caused to a car at Tobar Park may have been linked to the fire. A rear window of the Renault Megane was broken at about 3am on Sunday.

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