A fire which caused extensive damage to the Northern Bar in Armagh is being treated as arson.
The blaze broke out early this morning on the popular premises at Railway Street.
Fire crews battled for three-and-a-half hours to bring the fire under control.
Police have now confirmed that it was being investigated as a suspected arson.
Inspector Gary Moore said a report was received at around 8am this morning of smoke coming from the Northern Bar.
He added: “NIFRS personnel attended and extinguished the fire whilst police maintained a cordon in the area.
“Following an inspection of the premises we believe that entry had been gained to the bar sometime in the early hours of this morning and the bar then ransacked and set alight.
“We are also investigating an incident at Mullacreevie Park, where a white Audi A6 car was set alight shortly before 5am this morning.
“We are currently working to establish if both incidents are linked.
“Our inquiries are at an early stage and I would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the Railway Street area, or at Mullacreevie Park, to contact officers in Armagh on 101 quoting reference number 182 04/03/19.
“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.”
Railway Street has now also been reopened.
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