Those responsible for a large fire in Temple Park on Friday could be charged with attempted murder, according to Sinn Fein councillor Tony Hassan.
Colr. Hassan attended the scene on Friday and described it as ‘utter devastation’.
“The people behind this fire need to know that if they are caught they could be charged with attempted murder.
“The fire melted the plastic from some of the windows at the back of both houses. Had the fire spread to the house we could be talking about fatalities. It’s utter devastation here and anyone with information should take it directly to the police.”
One of the women whose house was damaged by a fire says she thought she was going to die.
Denise Wilson, who shares a house with her 21 year-old son, was wakened when neighbour banged on her door after spotting the fire in Denise’s back garden.
“I heard loud knocking on the door and when I went outside I could see the fire. I really did think I was going to die.
“I couldn’t find my son - I was so scared that I couldn’t find him. I then went out the back and saw he was trying to fight the fire with a garden nose but it was no use.”
It is believed the fire was started in the garden next door to Mrs. Wilson’s house, which belongs to Ms. Selena Doherty.
“My husband is away on holiday in Canada at the minute and the fire has completely destroyed his log cabin.
“The log cabin was only finished a few weeks ago - it took my husband so much time and money to put it together.
“Thankfully no one was badly injured but we are completely devastated - I can’t understand why anyone would want to do this.”
Meanwhile, police investigating the fire are appealing for information.
“Detectives would ask anyone who was in the area between 2.15am and 2.45am to inform police of anything they saw, or indeed anyone who has any information is also asked to contact them at Strand Road on the non emergency number 101. Of, 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,” said a police spokesperson.