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Pair arrested in arson probe

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of arson endangering life after a pensioner’s home was damaged in a fire.

The men — aged 21 and 20 years old — were arrested following the blaze in Market Street, Ballycastle at around 12.30am on Saturday.

The 65-year-old woman was alerted by four passers-by at 3am. They helped to get her and her dog out of the house.

Police said they believed a burning rag had been placed in the letterbox.

The front door was badly damaged and there was smoke damage inside the house.

A motive for the attack has not yet been established.

Police have appealed for information.

Both men have been subsequently released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Belfast Telegraph