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Photos: Images show house gutted in Larne after wheelie bin set on fire in living room

Considerable damage has been caused to a house in Larne after a wheelie bin was set on fire in its living room during an arson attack.

Police were called to the scene shortly before 9.40pm by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service who were battling the blaze in the Fairway area of the town.

A report had been received of the wheelie bin being placed in the living room of the property and set alight at around 9.15pm.

Members of the Fire Service managed to extinguish the blaze.

Inspector Patrick Mullan said: ""Residents from a number of neighbouring properties were evacuated as a precaution and, thankfully, there were no reports of any injuries.

"Considerable damage was caused by the blaze and the NIFRS has declared this fire as deliberate so we are treating it as arson.

"This was a totally reckless act and we’re fortunate not to be dealing with injuries or fatalities today [Sunday].

"An investigation is now and I want to appeal to anyone who was in the Fairway area of Larne last night around 9:15pm and who saw any suspicious activity to contact detectives in Ballymena on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference 1321 of 08/12/18."

The public can also give information to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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