Long says someone could have been killed in fire

Alliance Lisnasharragh Councillor Michael Long has said someone could have been killed after a deliberate fire which saw a number of locals rescued from flats.

The blaze was started at the property in Rosewood Park, Castlereagh, shortly after midnight yesterday (Saturday). Flammable liquid was poured over the front door of the flat and set alight. A passer-by raised the alarm.

A pregnant woman and her partner in one flat escaped through a window, while two women and two children were rescued from upstairs flats.

“This was a disgraceful incident, which could have easily led to the loss of life of a number of people, including children,” said Mr Long.

“What on earth possesses someone to start such a dangerous fire and put so many lives at risk? I am thankful to the Fire Service for ensuring no-one was killed here.

“It is important those behind this attack are brought to justice. I would urge anyone with any information on it to contact police immediately.”

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