Two caravans gutted in Derry fire: ‘We are treating this as suspected arson’ - PSNI

Police are treating a blaze which destroyed two caravans in Derry as suspected arson.

Wednesday, 18th August 2021, 3:42 pm
Police officers attend the site on Ballyarnett Road this afternoon after a mobile home was destroyed by fire. DER2133GS – 021

Police received a report of a fire in the Ballyarnett area this afternoon (Wednesday, August 18th), just before 1.45pm.

NIFRS and police attended the scene of the blaze which has resulted in two caravans being completely destroyed.

Inspector Lavery: “While an investigation is underway to establish exactly what happened and the cause of the fire, at this time, we are treating this as suspected arson.

Police officers attend the site on Ballyarnett Road this afternoon after a mobile home was destroyed by fire. DER2133GS – 023

“This was a reckless act and it is fortunate the fire didn’t spread to more caravans and that no one was injured.

“We’re keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at around 1.30pm-1.45pm and saw any suspicious activity to call us on 101, and quote reference number 928 of 18/08/21.”

You can also submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/ or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.The Fire & Rescue Service have confirmed that they received the call at 1.43pm this afternoon (Wednesday).

A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson has confirmed: “Two appliances from Northland Fire Station are in attendance at the incident.

Police officers attend the site on Ballyarnett Road this afternoon after a mobile home was destroyed by fire. DER2133GS – 022

“Firefighters are currently at the scene of two caravans on fire on the Racecourse Road, Ballyarnett.

“The incident is currently ongoing and the cause of the fire is under investigation.”