Police confirm Lurgan house blaze being treated as arson

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Police have confirmed that the house fire in Lurgan overnight in which a man and a woman escaped the blaze is being treated as arson.

Fire crews from Portadown and Lurgan were called to the property in Trasna Way after a blaze took hold at the front door of the home.

Detective Constable Stewart said: “ Police received a report at around 1am that the front door of a house in the area had been set alight. A man and woman who were in the house at the time were fortunately able to escape from the rear of the property.

“Substantial damage was caused to the front door and hallway of the house and smoke damage caused throughout. The fire is being treated as arson at this time and I would appeal to anyone who was in the area and who noticed any suspicious activity to contact detectives in Lurgan on 101 quoting reference number 77 29/10/16 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”