Detectives from Strand Road in Derry/Londonderry are appealing for information and witnesses after a fire yesterday evening, Thursday 27th July. 

Detective Sergeant Gingell from Strand Road Criminal Investigation Branch said emergency services were alerted to the blaze at a flat on Dungiven Road just before 6.45pm. No injuries were reported, however, extensive damage was caused to the property.

Detective Sergeant Gingell said: "As enquiries continue, at this time, we are investigating this fire as arson with intent to endanger life. I want to thank the member of public who raised the alarm. Had it not been for their actions, and the swift response from NIFRS colleagues, we could be dealing with a very different situation today. 

"Our appeal today is for anyone with information about the fire to get in touch with us on 101, quoting reference number 1760 of 27/07/23."

A report can be made online using the non-emergency reporting form via or, via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at