Two arrests after “deliberate” house fire

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Friday, September 20th, 2019

Police investigating a house fire in Castlewellan on Tuesday 17 September have made two arrests.

Speaking to Newry Times, Sergeant Sarah Sloan said, “NIFRS reported the blaze at the property in O’Donnell Park to us shortly after 8.20pm.

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“When emergency services arrived at the property, no one was reported to be inside the house.



“While the house was completely gutted as a result of the fire, it’s fortunate there were no reports of any injuries.

“The NIFRS has ruled this to be deliberate ignition and so we are treating this as arson.

“A 27-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered.



“They both remain in custody assisting us with our enquiries this morning.

“I want to appeal to anyone who has information which may assist our investigation to get in touch on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1921 of 17/09/19.”

“Alternatively if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime,” she added.



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