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Investigation launched after Derry flat targeted in arson attack

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The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene.

Police have launched an investigation after an arson attack on a flat in Londonderry in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The fire was started a flat in the Strabane Old Road area of Gobnascale, the flat was unoccupied at the time.

Police attended the scene along with The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, who confirmed this was a deliberate ignition and police are treating it as arson.

"Thankfully, the fire failed to take hold and only minimal damage was caused to the front door of the flat. No injuries were reported," Detective Constable Richard Donnell said.

"I am appealing to anyone who was in the area around 7am this morning and saw anything suspicious, or to anyone who has information which may assist our investigation to get in touch with detectives at Strand Road on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference number 384 of 20/10/18."

"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."

Belfast Telegraph