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Woman taken to hospital after attempt to save puppy from burning van

The three-month-old dog dies as a result of the fire and police are appealing for information.

Glenavy, Co Antrim.
Glenavy, Co Antrim.
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A WOMAN IN Co Antrim has been treated for smoke inhalation after attempting to put out a fire in a van that had a three-month-old puppy inside.

Police are treating the incident, which occurred in the Main Street area of Glenavy in the early hours of this morning, as an act of arson. The PSNI received a report at 3.20am that a white transit van that was parked in the street was on fire.

One woman tried to extinguish the fire and was subsequently taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. The dog that was inside the van at the time of the fire died as a result.

It is understood that the motive for the arson is still being investigated.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Lisburn Police Station on 0845 600 8000. 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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