DETECTIVES are investigating the circumstances surrounding an arson attack at flats in the Ross Street area of west Belfast in the early hours of Tuesday 12th May.
Detective Sergeant Natalie Moore said: “The fire, which has now been extinguished by NIFRS, was reported to police shortly after 1.30 am where it is believed a sofa was set on fire in a communal area of the building.
“Smoke and fire damage has been caused to the block of flats and at this time, we are treating this as arson.
“Thankfully, there were no reports of any injuries.
“Clearly, whoever is responsible has no respect for the community or any regard for the valuable police resources that were diverted away from other community priorities to deal with this incident.
“Enquiries are ongoing and I want to encourage anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the Ross Street area or who has any information which may be of assistance to our investigation to contact detectives in Musgrave on 101 quoting reference 128 12/05/20.
“Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”