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Three children taken to hospital after suspected arson attack in Craigavon

Police are treating the incident as suspected arson

Police believe a fire in Craigavon which led to three children being taken to hospital was started deliberately.

Detectives investigating the blaze on Monday are appealing for information.

Police received a report at about 11.40pm on Monday that the fire service was at a garage fire in Westacres and that four people in an adjoining property, a woman and three children, were taken to safety.

Detective Sergeant Dave Stewart said: "The four occupants, including three children under the age of 10 years old, were taken to hospital and treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

"While our investigation is at an early stage, we are treating this as arson at this time, and we are asking anyone who was in the area and saw what happened to call us on 101, quoting reference number 29 of 13/07/21." 

Upper Bann SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly said: “We are lucky not to be dealing with a tragedy today

“I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at around 11.40pm to come forward to police with any information they may have which could help with the investigation.

“I also want to thank firefighters who attended the scene late at night and brought the fire under control.”

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