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Three young children escape injury after arson attack on west Belfast house

Published 16/04/2015

The scene of an arson attack on the St Agnes Parade area of west Belfast
The scene of an arson attack on the St Agnes Parade area of west Belfast
Scene of an arson attack on the St Agnes Parade area of west Belfast

Three young children have escaped injury after an arson attack on a house in west Belfast.

Accelerant was poured through the letter box of the house in St Agnes Place and set alight at around 10.30pm on Wednesday night.

The children aged between four and six years old were home at the time along with two women aged 61 and 23.

A motive for the attack has not yet been established.

Detective Sergeant Melanie McGrory said: “The fire, which was extinguished prior to the arrival of the emergency services, damaged the front door and caused some smoke damage to the property.

"We are working to establish a motive for the attack and are keen to hear from witnesses. Detectives can be contacted at Musgrave Police Station by calling 101.”

"If someone would prefer to provide information without giving their name they can contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111."

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said two appliances were sent to the fire which was out when they arrived.

The situation was under control by 23.10pm.

The spokesman confirmed the fire was being treated as deliberate.

Sinn Fein MLA Rosie McCorley called it a "reckless act of arson".

She said: "I don’t know how anyone could commit such a reckless act of arson as those involved in this fire bomb attack.

“This could quite easily have ended up in tragedy with death or serious injury as two women and three young children were in the house at the time.

“Thankfully the victims of this attack were able to put the fire out before any one was seriously injured.

“I unreservedly condemn those who carried out this attack and call on anyone with information on the perpetrators to bring it forward to the PSNI immediately.”

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