Cllr Billy Webb said: “These were despicable attacks on two families and it is only by good fortune that there was nobody killed. I commend the Fire Service for getting quickly to the scene and alerting those who were in the house.
“I cannot comprehend why anyone would attack these families who simply want to get on with their lives and live peacefully in Northern Ireland. They should be able to live free from fear and intimidation.
“Racism has no place in Northern Ireland and I would encourage everybody to increase their efforts to stamp it out.
“I would urge anybody who has any information about these arson attacks to contact the police.”