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'Extensive' damage to Belfast house as police treat blaze as deliberate

Extensive damage was caused to the property.
Extensive damage was caused to the property.

Extensive damage has been caused to a house following a fire in Belfast which police are treating as deliberate.

It happened in the Ballymurphy area at around 6.40am on Saturday morning.

Officers said they believe the oil tank at the rear of the house in the Whitecliff Parade area was deliberately set on fire.

The fire then spread to the roof and upper storey causing extensive damage to the house.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service attended and extinguished the blaze.

Detective Sergeant Keith Wilson said:  “Thankfully no-one was in the house at the time.  This was a reckless act, carried out by those who obviously had no concern about the damage, injury or loss of life that could have resulted from the fire.  There was the potential for it to spread to neighbouring properties and put others’ lives and property at risk as well.

“I would appeal to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area around 6am this morning to get in touch with us on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 244 of 17/2/18.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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