Northern Ireland

Man arrested on suspicion of arson following blaze at Limavady flats

Residents of flats in Limavady's Glenview Drive area were evacuated in the early hours of Thursday following a suspected arson attack.
Residents of flats in Limavady's Glenview Drive area were evacuated in the early hours of Thursday following a suspected arson attack. Residents of flats in Limavady's Glenview Drive area were evacuated in the early hours of Thursday following a suspected arson attack.

A 46-year-old man has been arrested by police investigating a suspected arson attack at a block of flats in Co Derry.

Emergency services received a report shortly after 3.30am on Thursday that an oil tank was on fire at the building in the Glenview Drive area of Limavady.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze while occupants of the flats were evacuated.

There were no reports of any injuries.

A PSNI spokesperson said the incident is being treated as arson, adding: "We are grateful to our colleagues in the fire service for tackling this fire which could have had extremely serious consequences for those affected."

The 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson endangering life with intent, and remained in custody on Thursday evening. 

"Our enquiries are ongoing and I would appeal to anyone who may be able to assist with our investigation to contact us, quoting reference 194 20/07/23," the spokesperson added.

Alternatively, you can submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org/.