Youths set fire to car beside Bogside home

The car on fire at Lisfannon Park.

The car on fire at Lisfannon Park.

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A car which accidentally went on fire close to homes had to be extinguished a second time after youths re-ignited it.

The arson attack occurred on Saturday night next to homes in Lisfannon Park in the Bogside.

Fire-fighters were called back to the scene less than an hour after they had put afire out on the same vehicle.

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said: “NIFRS received a call to a car on fire at Lisfannon Park, Bogside area at 9.15pm on Saturday 29th November.

“One Fire Appliance from Northland Fire Station attended the incident and the fire was extinguished at 9.35pm. Early indications at this stage would suggest the cause of the fire was accidental.

“At 10.11pm, it was reported that the car was set alight after the initial fire had been extinguished earlier in the evening.

“One Fire Appliance attended and the fire. It was extinguished at 10.25pm. Early indications in relation to the second fire would suggest it was started deliberately.”

Sinn Féin Councillor for the area, Colly Kelly expressed alarm over the incident.

He told the Journal: “I would like to commend the quick response from the fire service for extinguishing this fire so quickly .

“It must have been a very frightening experience for those living so close the site of the fire.

“ It’s disappointing to learn that after the initial fire was put out that is was started again a short time later and the fire service had to be called out for second time.”

He added: “I would urge any young person in the vicinity of such incidents not to get mixed up in these type of situations and let the fire service do their job.”

The PSNI confirmed they were also alerted to the blaze.