10/03/2020

Elderly Man Suffers Smoke Inhalation In Co Down Arson

A man aged in 90s was left in need of treatment for smoke inhalation after two arson attacks in Downpatrick.

Police are probing a link between two deliberate ignitions in the Killough Walk and Vianstown Heights area of the town, less than a mile from each other, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

A seat was reportedly set alight outside a flat in the Killough Walk area and placed against the front door of the property shortly after 4.10am. The blaze caused "extensive damage" to the door.

One man, aged in his 20s, was inside at the time but was uninjured. Smoke damage was caused in the communal area of the flats, however, where the elderly man suffered smoke inhalation.

Police say a white Seat Leon car was then set alight outside a property in the nearby Vianstown Heights some five minutes later.

A brick was thrown through the window before the fire was started from inside.

NIFRS attended the scene to extinguish the blaze however the vehicle was completely destroyed.

Detective Inspector Handley said: "Enquiries are continuing and at this stage, we are investigating a link between these two incidents of deliberate ignition.

"Anyone with any information is asked to contact detectives on 101, quoting reference number 115 of 10/03/20."



(JG/CM)

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