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Police appeal for information after man suffers smoke inhalation in Co Antrim arson attack

Police have appealed for information after a man suffered smoke inhalation in a Co Antrim arson attack. Picture: Alan Lewis/PhotopressBelfast.co.uk
Marie Louise McConville

Police have appealed for information after a man suffered smoke inhalation in an arson attack in Co Antrim.

At around 1.30am yesterday, it was reported to police that a bin had been pushed up against the back door of a house in the Ballymacvea Road area of Kells and set on fire.

A car parked at the side of the house had also been set alight.

Fire Service attended the scene and assisted a male occupant from the property. It is believed he suffered smoke inhalation.

A PSNI spokesman said: "We are very lucky today that we are not dealing with a more serious incident.

"The perpetrator(s) who carried out this reckless act showed total disregard for the safety of anyone in this property. I would ask anyone who noticed any suspicious activity at all in the Ballymacvea Road area to contact detectives at Ballymena on the non-emergency number 101..."

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