1. ITV Report

Woman and young child escape injury in Belfast arson

The woman and her young child were in the house in north Belfast at the time of the suspected arson attack. Credit: Presseye

A woman and her young child have escaped injury in a fire at their home in north Belfast, which is being treated as deliberate.

The fire broke out at the property in the Ballysillan Avenue area shortly after 6am on Saturday.

PSNI Inspector Murphy said: “It was reported there was a fire in the garden of a house in the area.

“The fire spread to the side of the property and caused smoke damage. It was also reported that damage was caused to a nearby electric box and gable wall.

“It is understood a female resident and her young child were inside the property, but were not injured.”

Inspector Murphy added: “Enquiries are continuing, but the fire is being treated as deliberate.”

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 101.

In a separate incident in the east of the city, considerable damage was caused to residential premises in the Dunraven Court area.

Fire broke out shortly before 8.40pm on Friday, after police believe entry was forced.

No one was inside at the time.