Fire was 'reckless act' which could have resulted in fatalities

Police are treating an early morning fire at a house in Magherafelt as a hate crime.

Friday, 19th October 2018, 5:29 pm
Updated Friday, 19th October 2018, 6:25 pm
Tyre was left at front doorway of house

A tyre was placed against the front door of the house in the Leckagh Walk area and set alight.An investigating officer said: “Shortly before 3:20am, it was reported that a tyre was placed against the front door of a house in the area. "The tyre was set alight, which resulted in extensive damage to the door and caused scorch damage to the hallway. An upstairs bedroom received scorch and smoke damage as a result of the incident. Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service attended the scene and extinguished the fire. “Two men aged 47 and 17 years old and a woman aged 39 years old were inside the property during the incident, but were not injured. A 5 year old child was asleep in an adjacent bedroom to the bedroom damaged as a result of the fire, but she was not injured. “Enquiries are continuing but at this stage, police are treating the incident as a hate crime.“This totally reckless act could have resulted in injuries or fatalities. We are appealing to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area to contact detectives on 101, quoting reference number 142 19/10/18. "Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

House sustained extensive damage