TVs stolen before arson attack on home

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A fire at a home in Lisburn is being treated as arson by the PSNI, who are investigating reports that two TV sets were stolen before the fire was started.

A police spokesperson said: “Detectives in Lisburn are appealing for information after a report of arson at residential premises at the Harmony Hill area this morning.”

PSNI Detective Constable O’Neill said: “At around 6am, it was reported that a fire started in the upstairs hallway of a house in the area. Damage was caused to the top floor and attic of the property. No one was inside the property during the incident.

“We are also investigating a report that two television sets were stolen from the property before ignition. Forced entry was believed to have been gained from the rear of the house.”

The police officer continued: “Smoke damage was caused to a neighbouring property as a result of the incident, but no reports of any injuries. Enquiries are continuing but police are treating the incident as arson.

“We are appealing to anyone with any information or who witnessed anything suspicious in the area at the time of the incident to contact detectives at 101 quoting reference number 149 24/9/18. 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.”