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Detectives appeal for information after arson in Larne town

Fire engine in Larne town centre

Image: Jason Bain


Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses in relation to a report of a fire in Larne yesterday evening, Wednesday 15th May.


A Police spokesperson said:


“Shortly before 6.40pm, a report was received of a fire at a derelict building in the Upper Main Street area of the town.



“Officers attended the scene together with colleagues from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, who extinguished the blaze. The town centre was closed to traffic for several hours whilst NIFRS officers brought the fire under control.


Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service crews fight a blaze follow an arson in Larne town centre

The scene in Larne town

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service crews fight a blaze follow an arson in Larne town centre
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service crews fight a blaze follow an arson in Larne town centre

“The building was left completely destroyed as a result of the incident, and premises close by had to be evacuated whilst the NIFRS dealt with it.


“Thankfully, there were no reports of any injuries, however, the fire could easily have spread to neighbouring properties had it not been for the swift action of firefighters.



“We are treating this incident as arson, and appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time, and may have any information which could assist us with our enquiries, to contact detectives.


Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Alderman Gerardine Mulvenna commended the fire crews for the efforts.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Alderman Gerardine Mulvenna commended the fire crews for the efforts.


“As part of our ongoing investigation, we would also appeal to two young males, one of whom was wearing a red tracksuit top with red shorts, and the other who was dressed in a black and white tracksuit, who were in the area at the time, and may be able to assist us with our enquiries, to get in touch.


“The number to call is 101, quoting reference number 1522 of 15/05/24.”



You can also submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/

 

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