Four fire appliances called to burning cars

Two cars were torched and a third damaged by scorching in Co Antrim last night, police say.

Monday, 8th October 2018, 12:48 pm
Updated Monday, 8th October 2018, 12:59 pm

Four fire appliances were called to the scene at Elizabeth Place in Deffrick, near Ballymoney just before 8.30pm

A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said: “Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire. The cause of the fire appears to be deliberate. The incident was dealt with at 9.34pm.”

PSNI Inspector O’Brien said: “Just after 8:30pm, it was reported that two cars parked outside a house in the area were set alight. Both cars were badly damaged and a third car nearby received scorch damage as a result of the incident. Smoke damage was also reported inside a house in the area, but there were no reports of any injuries. Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene and extinguished the fire.

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The scene of the fire at Elizabeth Place. Picture by Matthew Steele /McAuley Multimedia

“Enquiries are continuing and we would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 1204 7/10/18. 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.”

The scene of the incident
The scene of the incident