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Police appeal after woman targeted in arson attack

By Angela Rainey

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a woman was lucky to escape an arson attack in west Belfast on Friday.

A 58-year-old woman escaped uninjured after the fire was started at the front of her Broadway terraced house, which suffered smoke damage.

Detective Sergeant Moffett said: "The Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene of this fire around 9pm, which police are treating as arson with intent to endanger life.

"A 58-year-old woman who was in the house at the time escaped uninjured, although there was considerable smoke damage to the property.

"Detectives would like to speak to a male who was seen running away from the scene.

"He is described as being of medium build and height, wearing dark clothing and black trainers with white soles.

"Anyone with information about this incident should call police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1316 of 1/9/17."

SDLP councillor Tim Attwood urged witnesses to come forward.

"I condemn the reckless and dangerous arson attack in Broadway," he said.

"It is only sheer luck that nobody was seriously injured."

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