Detectives are investigating a fire in Newtownards during the early hours of today (Sunday 30th May) which caused extensive damage to a car and a house.

Police received a report at around 12:20am that a window had been smashed at a property in Abbot Drive and a car was on fire.

Police and NIFRS attended the address.

NIFRS extinguished the car fire, which left the vehicle completed gutted, and which had also spread to the property. Extensive damage was caused to the front of the house, including its front door and windows.

Detective Sergeant Westbury said: "Fortunately, the female resident present at the time escaped uninjured, and no damage was caused to any neighbouring properties. However, this could easily have resulted in serious injury, or worse, and we are thankful for the quick actions of the NIFRS in dealing with the blaze.

"Enquiries are underway, which we are treating as arson, and we are working to establish what happened and why. I am appealing to anyone who was in the area, and who saw or who heard anything suspicious around 12:20am to call us. The number to call is 101, quoting reference number 75 of 30/05/21."

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The Police Service of Northern Ireland is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that will assist the investigation to contact us on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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