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Fire at block of flats in east Belfast being treated as arson

Police are treating the blaze as arson

POLICE are treating a fire at a block of flats in the outskirts of east Belfast as arson.

Two men and two women were rescued from the blaze at the property at Rosneath Gardens in the Ballybeen area on Sunday night.

The front door of the property was sprayed with flammable liquid and set on fire at 9.40pm.

A spokeswoman for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said three fire appliances attended the scene.

"Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used three hose reel jets to extinguish the fire," she said.

"Firefighters also rescued four people from the property.

"The fire was under control by 10.21pm and the cause of the fire has been determined as deliberate."

The PSNI said they are investigating the fire, which is being treated as arson.

"Officers attended the scene, along with the NIFRS who brought the blaze under control and extinguished it," a PSNI spokesman said.

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

"The front door of the property in Rosneath Gardens was sprayed with a flammable liquid and set on fire.

"Thankfully there were no injuries however there was damage caused to the front door.

"Enquiries are continuing and police are keeping an open mind as to motive at this stage and we are appealing to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area to contact detectives on 101."

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