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Family ‘could have been killed’ in arson attack

The scene of destruction left by the arson in Larne. Photo: Press Eye

A father whose young family escaped injury in an arson attack on their home has told UTV they could have been killed.

Francis Hagans has described his frantic attempts to get his wife and two children, aged just nine months and four years old, to safety.

Mr Hagans said his family could have died in the incident. Credit: UTV

The blaze, at the house in Larne, damaged two houses after it was started in a pigeon loft overnight and quickly spread.

A number of pigeons perished in the incident.

The pigeon shed was completely destroyed. Credit: Pacemaker

Mr Hagans said this is the fourth time he has been targeted and he's only glad his family are still alive.

“The way the fire went, it could have engulfed the whole of the house," he said. “I’m annoyed at the death of the pigeons but I’m glad my wife and children are safe."

Police said the attack was carried out in the early hours of Friday.

Mr Hagans, aged in his 40s, was indoors and had to be treated for smoke inhalation, while a woman and two young girls were not hurt.

The fire spread to two nearby properties causing damage to both.

A PSNI spokesperson said the motive for the incident is under investigation and anyone who saw what happened has been asked to come forward.