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Neighbours help control fire at Dungannon flat which police are treating as arson

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Neighbours helped control a fire at a Dungannon flat on Friday night in which police are treating as an arson attack.

Detectives investigating the fire in Castle Gardens shortly before 9.10pm last night are appealing for witnesses and information.

Detective Inspector Winters said: “Officers responded and attended the scene along with NIFRS who were able to contain the blaze, the majority of which had been extinguished by local residents, and stop it from spreading to other flats.

“Fortunately, no one was inside the flat at the time of the incident, which caused significant damage inside a bedroom, and smoke damage, and we are thankful to NIFRS colleagues for preventing any further damage to the other flats.

“We are working to establish a motive for this reckless incident, which is being treated as arson with intent to endanger life at this time, and we are appealing for witnesses to call us on 101, quoting reference number 2208 of 23/07/21.”

A report can also be made using the online reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport

Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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