Belfast Telegraph

Police quiz man over arson attack on Antrim property

By Amanda Ferguson

A man is being questioned by detectives following an arson attack on a home in Antrim that might be linked to other criminality in the area, police have said.

Yesterday, the PSNI arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of arson following the incident in the Firmount area of the town.

A wheelie bin was set on fire and pushed against the side of a house at around 3am.

Chief Inspector John Allen said: "Police were proactively patrolling the area to keep people safe and attended the scene.

"Police tackled the fire while a Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue team was tasked to the incident. Thankfully, there was no one at home.

"Officers also had to evacuate houses while the fire had taken hold.

"The potential for risk to life was severe and this could have been a much more serious incident."

The senior officer said the arson attack follows a recent hoax pipe-bomb and petrol bomb incidents and the PSNI is investigating if all of these are linked.

A paramilitary link is not suspected at this stage.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police in Antrim on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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