Arsonists responsible for a house fire in Limavady have been blasted as ‘mindless thugs’ by a neighbour who feared his house would go up in flames.
The drama happened on Saturday morning at a vacant property on Rathbrady Road. No one was hurt in the blaze, but significant damage was caused to the house. Detectives are appealing for information.
Speaking to the ‘Journal’, a neighbour who lives nearby, said: “It was early when I heard a neighbour knocking on the window, signalling madly outside. I looked out and the flames were about 20 feet in the air, as high as the gable wall of the house and there was smoke everywhere.”
The property on fire, was a pre-fab structure that hd been lived in up until about eight months ago, said the neighbour. It is thought to have been there for around 55 years.
“I got a terrible fright,” said the neighbour, “because I was scared about the oil tank. So I got out a hose and started dousing it to cool it down and when the fire brigade arrived they took over. You could hear the asbestos in the building cracking and banging like gunfire.”
The Rathbrady Road was blocked off for a time on Saturday morning as the drama continued.
“It was very scary and now you’re at your wit’s end, scared it could happen again,” said the man. “Whoever did this are mindless thugs, out of their mind.”
The man added: “The Fire Service had everything under control very quickly. They were excellent.”
Police are now appealing for information about the incident.
They were called to the scene shortly before 9.30am and are appealing for anyone who noticed any supicious activity in the area of Rathbrady Road or Irish Green Street on Saturday morning to contact them at Limavady on 0845 600 8000 or call Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.