Belfast Telegraph

Police arson investigation after Coleraine fire

Several fire crews are at the scene. Credit: McAuley Multimedia
Several fire crews are at the scene. Credit: McAuley Multimedia

Police have begun an investigation into an arson attack on a derelict property in Co Londonderry.

The fire broke out at around 8pm on Monday in the Queens Park area of Coleraine leaving the building badly damaged.

On Tuesday morning police said the blaze was started deliberately.

Sergeant Black said: “At around 8.15pm, it was reported that the property was set alight by a number of youths in the area. The structure was badly damaged as a result of the incident. Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service attended the scene and extinguished the fire.

“We are also investigating a possible link to this incident and a number of bushes set alight at the Princess Gardens area of Coleraine at around 9.20pm last night.

“Enquiries are continuing and we would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time of the incident, to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 1254 1/4/19. 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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