Detectives investigating a suspicious fire at the Belfast Multi-Cultural Association building on Donegall Pass, south Belfast have issued a further appeal for information.

Detective Inspector Michael McDonnell said: “Police were alerted to the fire at around 1.20am on Friday, 8th April.

“Officers attended along with our colleagues from the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service, who extinguished the blaze. Extensive damage was caused to the building.

“Following our examinations, we are treating the fire as arson at this time and also as a hate crime.

“I am therefore making a direct appeal to the public in order to help with this investigation and our ongoing enquiries.

“If you were in the vicinity of Donegall Pass on Friday, 8th April between 12am and 1.15am and noticed anything suspicious, please make contact with police on 101.

“I am also keen to obtain access to any dash-cam footage that may have captured material from the wider Donegall Road/Lower Ormeau Road area during this time

“Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at Musgrave on 101, quoting reference number 70 08/04/22.”

A report can also be made using the online reporting form via or alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at