VIDEO: Man and woman treated for shock after petrol bomb attack on house and car

Two people were treated for smoke inhalation following an arson attack in Larne this morning (Thursday).

Thursday, 7th June 2018, 3:34 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 6:08 pm

Firefighters were called to a blaze in a semi-detached property at Craighyhill Bungalows around 1.15am.

A car was also on fire at the property.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service stated: “A man and woman in their 50s were out of the property on arrival of fire crews. They were both treated at the scene by fire crews and ambulance personnel for smoke inhalation and shock.

Extensive damage was caused in the incident at Craigyhill.

“Smoke alarms alerted the occupants to the fire. The cause of the fire appears to be deliberate.”

Meanwhile, police are appealing for information about the incident.

Detective Sergeant Pete Crothers said: “Shortly after 1:15 am of today (Thursday, 07 June) it was reported that a petrol bomb had been thrown through the front of the house in Craigyhill. This caused extensive damage to it and also damaged the property next door.

“It is also believed a petrol bomb was used on a vehicle parked outside at the time which totally destroyed it. Fortunately there were no injuries as a result of these reckless actions but I am asking for the public’s assistance in bringing the perpetrators to justice.”

Detectives are appealing for information following an arson attack on a property in Larne. Pictures by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye

It is the latest in a series of attacks in Larne in the past week. During the early hours of Monday, a Mitsubishi car parked outside a property in the Inver area was set alight.

And on Friday, June 1, a black Ford Focus car was badly damaged in what police are treating as suspected arson attack at Gloucester Avenue.

Asked of a possible link between the incidents, a PSNI spokesman said: “Police are following all lines of enquiry at this stage.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference 73 07/06/18. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.