Women Escape West Belfast Arson Attack

Two women have escaped injury after a fire at a property in west Belfast.

The blaze started at a terrace house in the Monagh Drive area of the city shortly before 5pm on Monday 29 October.

Police are treating the incident as arson and said the home was "completely gutted".

The Fire Service were on the scene within four minutes of the call at 4.47pm, and the situation was already "well developed".
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Group Commander Mark Smyth said the two women had managed to get themselves out of the property before firefighters arrived.

"We would just remind people at this time of year to ensure they have a working fire alarm and to be vigilant. And if a fire breaks out they get out, close doors behind them and call us."

Detective Sergeant Doherty said: "It is extremely fortunate that the Fire Service were quickly on the scene, as it could have easily spread to adjoining properties."

Anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area is asked to contact detectives by calling 101.


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