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Belfast family's 'lucky escape' after arson attack - life-saving neighbours praised

Police at the scene of an arson attack in the Lagmore Avenue area of west Belfast on June 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Police at the scene of an arson attack in the Lagmore Avenue area of west Belfast on June 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

A Sinn Fein councillor said a west Belfast family had a lucky escape after a suspected arson attack outside their home praising neighbours for the quick-thinking actions.

The incident occurred last night in the Lagmore Avenue area around 1.30am.

A caravan outside the property was completely destroyed and scorch damage was caused to the propertly.

Police and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) attended the scene.

NIFRS determined the fire to be deliberate and police are treating it as arson.

Sinn Fein councillor Daniel Baker said that the "quick actions of neighbours" saved lives.

"I have spoken with residents who are shocked, but also angry. We could have been dealing with deaths this morning," Councillor Baker said.

"If anyone seen anything or anyone hanging about after midnight please come forward."

Sergeant Patton said that it was fortunate nobody was injured in the fire.

“I am appealing for anyone with information who may have witnessed the incident, or who saw any suspicious activity in the area prior to or around the time the fire was reported to us, to contact police at Woodbourne on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference number 69 of 14/06/19," he said.

Police at the scene of an arson attack in the Lagmore Avenue area of west Belfast on June 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Police at the scene of an arson attack in the Lagmore Avenue area of west Belfast on June 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Police at the scene of an arson attack in the Lagmore Avenue area of west Belfast on June 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Police at the scene of an arson attack in the Lagmore Avenue area of west Belfast on June 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Police at the scene of an arson attack in the Lagmore Avenue area of west Belfast on June 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Police at the scene of an arson attack in the Lagmore Avenue area of west Belfast on June 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

“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"

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