Galliagh flat gutted in ‘suspicious’ blaze

The top storey flat in Moss Park which was destroyed by fire. (1707SL31)
The top storey flat in Moss Park which was destroyed by fire. (1707SL31)
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A Derry City Councillor says it is lucky someone wasn’t killed in a suspicious fire at a flat in Galliagh.

Sinn Fein’s Tony Hassan condemned those responsible for the attack on the property at Moss Park in the early hours of yesterday morning (July 16).

The bottom floor flat flooded after an arson attack was carried out on top storey flat in Moss Park. (1707SL30)

The bottom floor flat flooded after an arson attack was carried out on top storey flat in Moss Park. (1707SL30)

No one was in the flat at the time of the fire which police describe as “suspicious”.

It is understood the property was also the target of arsonists earlier this year.

“The flat is completely gutted,” councillor Hassan says.

“A number of neighbouring homes had to be evacuated and have also been damaged. I commend the Fire Service for their quick response but totally condemn whoever was behind this.

“It could have been much worse, had much more serious implications.

“The fire could have easily spread to adjoining properties” he says.

Mr Hassan says the number of arson attacks in the area of recent weeks is alarming.

“I believe it is possible all these incidents are linked,” he says.

He called on anyone with information about the fire to contact the PSNI.

Police say the fire appears to be ‘suspicious’.

“At approximately 2.40am police received a report of a fire at the property in the Moss Road area.

“Police and NIFRS attended and the fire was extinguished. Substantial damage was caused to the flat,” a PSNI spokeswoman says.

She says anyone who noticed any unusual activity in the area or who has any information is asked to contact Detectives at Strand Road on 0845 600 8000. Or, if somone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.