House ‘completely gutted’ in arson

A house has been "completely gutted" in an arson attack in west Belfast
A house has been "completely gutted" in an arson attack in west Belfast

Two females escaped injury in an arson attack that left a house “completely gutted”, police have said.

A spokesperson for the PSNI said: “Detectives are appealing for information following a fire at a house in the Monagh Drive area of Belfast today, Monday, 29 October.

Two women escaped the fire without injury. Police said they are treating the incident as arson. 'Pictures By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Two women escaped the fire without injury. Police said they are treating the incident as arson. 'Pictures By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

“At approximately 4.45pm police received a report that a terraced property was on fire. The two female occupants were able to escape without any injuries.

“The house has been completed gutted.”

Detective Sergeant Doherty said: “Police are treating this incident as arson. It is extremely fortunate that the Fire Service were quickly on the scene, as the fire could have easily spread to adjoining properties causing further damage and distress.

“I would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious persons or vehicles in the area to contact detectives at Musgrave on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 847 29/10/18. 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.”