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Craigavon flat – extensively damaged in arson attack – ‘could have resulted in loss of life’

An investigation has been launched after a flat in Craigavon was extensively damaged in an arson on Wednesday night.

Firefighters were called to the Aldervale Flats shortly before 10.30pm.

While nobody was at home at the time, the ground floor property was extensively damaged in the blaze.

Two crews from Lurgan Fire Station and one from Portadown attended the incident.

A NI Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire.

“The cause of the fire is believed to have been deliberate ignition and the incident was dealt with by 11.40pm.”

Detectives are today appealing for witnesses.

Detective Inspector Celeste Simpson said: “Officers attended the scene, along with the NIFRS who extinguished the blaze. No one was in the flat at the time, which has been extensively damaged as a result of the fire.

“Thankfully, there have been no reports of any injuries, however, the fire could easily have spread to other parts of the building and may have resulted in serious damage or loss of life.

“Enquiries are under way to establish the circumstances of this incident, which is being investigated as arson with intent to endanger life, and anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, and quote reference number 2009 of 24/03/21.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote reference number 2009 of 21/03/21. A report can also be made via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/ or anonymously via the Crimestoppers Charity on 0800 555 111, or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/

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