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Antrim arsonists could have killed, PSNI officer says

By Steven Alexander

Lives could have been lost after two houses and cars became engulfed in flames, police have said.

Two adults had to be rescued by firefighters from one of the properties in Bleerick Drive, Antrim, just before 3.30am yesterday.

Next door, another two adults and a three-year-old boy escaped after neighbours raised the alarm.

Group commander Fergal Leonard said they had helped avert a tragedy. He said it appeared that a car had been set on fire, before the flames spread to the houses. The boy's eight-month-old sister was not in the house, but the family's Christmas presents were destroyed.

PSNI Inspector Alexander Johnston said: "We are fortunate that no one was killed or seriously injured as a result of this incident."

Alliance councillor Neil Kelly praised fire crews. "Through their quick action two adults were freed from the fire and the scene was secured, ensuring no other residents were put at risk," he said.

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