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File photo Rinvarna Court in Coleraine. Google Street View

Arson attack on house with two children was attempted murder

Police have said it is “extremely lucky we are not investigating the death of a young family”.

POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland have said they are treating a report of an arson attack in Derry as attempted murder.

The house fire started last night, with a family of four, including two children, trapped inside. Emergency services were called before 10pm to the house in the Rinvarna Court area of Coleraine.

All four made it out of the house, with the help of passersby and the fire service, and were taken to hospital. Two members of the family were treated for smoke inhalation.

Speaking today, Detective Chief Inspector Catherine Magee said that “substantial damage was caused to a door and the front of the property”.

“This is a very serious incident and we are extremely lucky we are not investigating the death of a young family,” she commented.

“We are at the early stages of this investigation and I would appeal to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area or who has any information to contact Detectives in Coleraine on the non emergency number 101,” Magee added.

If someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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