Arson attack in Richhill

Elm Park in Richhill, where families were evacuated in the early hours of this morning after a suspected arson attack.

Elm Park in Richhill, where families were evacuated in the early hours of this morning after a suspected arson attack.

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Several homes were evacuated in Richhill after an arson attack in the early hours of this morning.

Residents were alerted to the fire at around 5:30am, when a vehicle was set alight in Elm Park.

Police detectives are currently investigating the attack.

Detective Constable Colin Robinson said, “At around 5:40am we received a report that a vehicle had been set alight in Elm Park. The car appeared to have been deliberately pushed up against a house which then also caught fire.

“The residents, two men aged 65 and 30 and a 65 year old woman, were able to exit the property safely. A number of nearby homes were evacuated by police as a precaution while the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service dealt with the blaze.”

Detectives are now trying to establish a motive for the arson:

“We are keen to hear from anyone with information about this crime or from anyone who may have been in the area at around 5.30am this morning . The number to call is 101.”