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Two west Belfast businesses devastated following overnight arson attack

The owners of two businesses in west Belfast which were destroyed in an overnight fire have been left devastated.

Premises belonging to A2B Cabs and JJ's Barbers in the  on the Bingnian Drive area of have suffered extensive damage in the blaze.

It is understood that the fire started around 3am on Sunday morning.

A PSNI spokeswoman said police received reports of what is believed to be an arson attack at the premises at approximately 4.20am on Sunday.

There was also reports of an explosion which police believe was caused by a back draft, and not an explosive device.

Inspector Mark Cavanagh would appeal to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area or who has any information to contact Police at Woodbourne on the non-emergency number 101.

Sinn Fein representative Rosie McCorley has condemned the incident.

"I attended the scene this morning and met with the owner who is totally devastated," she said.

"The man who has built up his local businesses over twenty years by servicing the community has seen two businesses, a barber shop and a taxi office destroyed.

“I will be working with him in order to get these businesses alternative premises so we can minimise any potential job losses."

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