Detectives from Strand Road in Derry/Londonderry are investigating an arson attack at a house in Bann Drive. 

Detective Sergeant Ballentine said: "A woman was inside the house at the time of the blaze, which was reported at around 1.25am yesterday morning, Tuesday 4th October. Fortunately, the woman managed to get out of the house and to safety, uninjured. 

"Just how the fire started remains under examination, however, at this time we are treating this as arson. As we continue with enquiries to establish what happened and a motive, we're appealing to anyone with information, or who saw anything suspicious in the area between 1am and 1.25am yesterday to call us.

"This incident could have resulted in serious consequences had it not been for emergency services being contacted so quickly, and we want to take this opportunity to thank the public for their help." 

The number to call is 101, quoting reference number 81 of 04/10/22. 

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