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Police hunt man after arson attack spreads to below child's bedroom in Lurgan

PSNI: 'That could have been so much worse. It's a child's bedroom above that too, unreal. It's frightening how quick it can spread'

By Claire Williamson

The PSNI are hunting a man after an arson attack which started in an alleyway between houses spread to below a child's bedroom in Lurgan.

It happened in the early hours of Friday morning on Victoria Street Lurgan.

Police said the whole row could have gone up in flames if the Fire Service had not responded as quiickly as they did.

The scorch marks up to the window is a child's bedroom.

A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson said they received a call just after 5am.

Three appliances were sent to the scene.

A spokesman said: "Firefighters using a hosereel jet dealt with a large quantity of rubbish and furniture on fire in an alleyway in the area. The fire spread and caused damage to the rear of 2 terraced properties in the area.

“Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service finished at the scene at 6:11am and the fire is being treated as deliberate.”

Posting on the PSNI Craigavon Facebook page officers appealed for the public's help.

"There is no doubt this was deliberate, started in an alleyway between houses, and we are very keen to get speaking to a male described as wearing blue jeans and a dark jacket, possibly holding a carryout, in the area of William Street and Victoria Street around 5am this morning.

"If you saw or heard anything, or hear of anyone smelling of smoke and guilt, please call us on 101, quoting incident number 164 of 06/05/16. If you would rather speak anonymously, call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111."

It added: "Thankfully, nobody was hurt during this incident. Neighbours looked out for each other and woke pretty much the whole street to make sure everyone was safe.

"Our NIFRS colleagues did an epic job making sure it didn't spread further. Without doubt we would be talking about serious injuries or worse if it weren't for the actions of these folk."

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