Man arrested on suspicion of arson endangering life after house fire in Newtownhamilton

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A man has been arrested and a house has been badly damaged following a suspected arson attack in Newtownhamilton.

Police on patrol observed smoke coming a property in the Dungormley Estate, shortly before 10.45pm. 

No-one was inside the house at the time, however, a neighbouring property had to be evacuated as NIFRS worked to extinguish the blaze. 

There were no reports of any injuries. 

The 31-year-old suspect was later detained on suspicion of arson endangering life with intent and remains in custody at this time. 

Detective Sergeant McCarragher said: "Substantial damage was caused to the property as a result of this fire, which had the potential to spread to other adjoining houses, and which is being treated as arson endangering life." 

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives in Ardmore on the non-emergency number 101, and quote reference 2264 of 31/07/2020. 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.

"A report can also be made using the online reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport. Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org"

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