Police treating Derry fire as arson

GALLIAGH BUNGALOW GUTTED. . . .Firefighters don breathing apparatus gear on Tuesday afternoon before entering a pensioner's bungalow at Fern Park in the Galliagh area. The bungalow was gutted in the blaze. 0607JM14

GALLIAGH BUNGALOW GUTTED. . . .Firefighters don breathing apparatus gear on Tuesday afternoon before entering a pensioner's bungalow at Fern Park in the Galliagh area. The bungalow was gutted in the blaze. 0607JM14

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Police are treating a fire that gutted a house in Derry as arson.

Fire-fighters were called to the scene of the blaze - an unoccupied house in Galliagh - at around 4pm yesterday (Tuesday).

A PSNI spokesman says police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fire.

“At around 4pm it was reported that a house in the area was on fire. Considerable damage has been caused to the house and at this stage police are treating the incident as arson,” he says.

Police would ask anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have noticed anyone acting suspiciously to contact them at Strand Road on 0845 600 8000.

Or, 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