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East Belfast house blaze 'reckless and deliberate' says fire officer

The scene of a blaze at a terraced house in Castlereagh Parade. Picture Mal McCann
Mairead Holland

A HOUSE in east Belfast was gutted in an early morning fire which the Fire Service believe was deliberate.

A senior firefighter has described this morning's blaze at Castlereagh Parade as "reckless".

No one was in the property at the time but Chris Fee, group commander of Eastern Area Command, said those who started the fire had "endangered the lived of residents in the adjacent properties".

The fire, which began at around 1.45am, was already well alight by the time the Fire Service arrived.

Five crews and a turntable ladder were used to fight the blaze which was extinguished shortly before 4am.

Mr Fee said people in the houses on either side were evacuated and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus worked to stop the flames spreading to them.

One of the houses sustained some water and smoke damage, but no injuries were reported.

Police are investigating the cause of the blaze and are appealing to anyone with information to get in touch on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 137.

The property at Castlereagh Parade which was gutted in a fire. Picture Mal McCann

The blackened exterior of a terraced house in Castlereagh Parade. Picture Mal McCann

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