THE DUP has condemned the UDA for an arson attack on the Lower Shankill home of Tracey Coulter on Sunday evening.
Crime scene investigation by PSNI and Fire and Rescue Service officers concluded on Monday that it “appears that this was arson”.
Ms Coulter blames the UDA for carrying out the attack.
The attack came just days after UDA killer Mo Courtney was found guilty at Belfast Magistrates Court of heating butting the mother in a UDA office earlier this year.
DUP councillor for the area Brian Kingston appealed for anyone with information to contact police.
“It is outrageous that anyone should carry out such a reckless arson attack which could have had devastating consequences,” said Cllr Kingston.
“This is the family home of Tracey and her children. They were out at the time of the blaze but those responsible could not have been certain of that.
“It appears that the attackers made a hole in the roof through which they poured a form of accelerant which was set on fire.
“Through the swift action of neighbours and the Fire and Rescue Service the extent of damage was limited, but smoke and water damage was caused to Tracey’s Housing Executive home and possessions and likewise to at least two adjoining houses.
“I visited the scene on Sunday evening speaking to Tracey and her mother, to neighbours and to PSNI officers and firefighters.
“The conclusion that this fire is considered to be arson confirms what many already suspected in light of a previous paint attack and threats against Tracey.
“Those responsible for this despicable act cared nothing for the consequences of their crime.
“These are the evil actions of sinister people who are on the wrong side of law and order and who are a destabilising influence in the community.
“This will be widely viewed as an act of thuggish intimidation.
“I appeal earnestly for no further incidents and no escalation and I urge anyone who can assist the police investigation into this heinous crime to bring forward whatever information they have, either directly to the PSNI on 0845 6008000 or anonymously through the Crimestoppers line 0800 555111,” he added.