Children escape “crude” arson attack in Ballymena

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Three children and two adults have escaped uninjured from a “crude and dangerous” arson attack on a Ballymena home.

Police said the attack took place on a home in the Francis Street area of the town at around 1.40am on Wednesday.

The attack damaged the living room of the property with the Fire Service later putting out the blaze.

Forensic officers were brought in to examine the scene.

Ballymena Commander, Chief Inspector Stephen McCauley called the attack “crude and dangerous”.

“Thankfully we are not dealing with fatalities or serious injury here,” he said. “The attack was crude but also very dangerous. Police officers and the Fire Service arrived quickly on the scene to help the occupants of the house and take them to safety.

“I am asking anyone who knows anything about this attack to assist the police investigation by calling the non-emergency number 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Ballymena officers will also be in the area today, so please speak to one of them if you know anything that might assist the investigation.”