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Police probe arson attack on Belfast second floor flat after six fire crews deal with blaze

Published 05/04/2016

There are no reports of anybody inside.
There are no reports of anybody inside.

An investigation is underway following an arson attack on a second floor flat in east Belfast.

Six appliances dealt with the blaze on the Albertbridge Road in the Ballymacarrett area of Belfast on Monday afternoon.

The PSNI are appealing for information following the blaze which started between 2pm and 2.45pm.

There was nobody in the flat at the time but police warned those in the neighbouring block could have been harmed.

A spokesman for the PSNI said: "Although the occupants of the flat had left at the time of the fire other flats in the block were occupied and as such the fire could have had serious consequences.

"A large amount of damage was caused to the flat and to adjacent flats as a result of the fire."

Detective Inspector Snoddy said: “I would ask anyone who might have seen anyone acting suspicious in the area of the flat on Albertbridge Road around 2pm yesterday or who knows anything about this incident to contact detectives at Musgrave Police Station on the non- emergency number 101.

"Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111"

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and using hosereel jets dealt with the blaze.

A NIFRS spokesman said: "Two fire appliances from Knock Fire Station, two fire appliances from Central Fire Station and two fire appliances from Lisburn Fire Station were deployed to the scene.

"Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and using hosereel jets dealt with a second floor flat well alight in the area.

"No one was believed to be inside the flat during the incident, but one man self-rescued from a neighbouring flat following the actuation of a smoke alarm.

“Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service finished at the scene at 3:56pm"

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