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Woman treated for smoke inhalation following west Belfast arson attack


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Stock PSNI crest Credit: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

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Stock PSNI crest Credit: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

A woman in her 50s has escaped serious injury following an arson attack at a home in west Belfast on Wednesday morning.

The incident happened at the property in the Glencolin Avenue area of the city between 7.30am and 8.20am.

The front door of the house was set alight and the woman who was inside required assistance from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.

The woman was taken to hospital for treatment related to smoke inhalation.

Detective Sergeant Faulkner said: “Sometime between 7:30am and shortly before 8:20am, it was reported to police that the front door of a flat was set alight.

“A woman in her 50s, who was inside at the time of the incident, was taken by Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service out of the property and taken to hospital and treated for smoke inhalation following the incident.

“Enquiries are continuing and the incident is being treated as deliberate ignition.

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“We would appeal to anyone with any information to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 296 04/04/21. A report can also be made online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/ .

“You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.”

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, police are appealing for information following an attempted arson attack in Craigavon.

At approximately 6.15am, police received a report that a petrol bomb had been thrown at a house in the Moyraverty Court area of the town.

They said the device did not ignite and no damage was caused.

A spokesperson said: “Anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious or who may have seen two males wearing dark clothing and riding bicycles in the area around this time, should contact police on the non emergency number 101 quoting reference 280 of 21/07/21.”

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