Detectives in east Belfast are appealing for information following a fire at a property in the Ashmount Park area of the city in the early hours of this morning, Thursday 19 August.

Detective Inspector Carol Dane said: “Officers and colleagues from the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service attended the address, having received a report of the incident at around 2.45am.

“Fortunately, there was no-one at home at the time of the fire and it was prevented from spreading to other properties in the terrace.

“The fire damaged the porch, door and windows and there was also smoke damage to the interior of the house.

“Our enquiries are ongoing but we believe the fire was started deliberately and so we are treating it as arson with intent to endanger life.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area around 2.30am this morning and saw anyone acting suspiciously. Please get in touch with detectives on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 162 of 19/8/21.

“You can also submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via . Or, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at “

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