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Arsonists blamed as terrace house is left gutted in blaze

A SUSPECTED arson attack on a terrace house in Enniskillen has been described as a ‘wholly reckless and dangerous’ act.
Firefighters were called to a fire on the ground floor of a three storey terraced house at Sedan Terrace on the Irvinestown Road, Enniskillen last Wednesday.
The house was badly damaged, and the fire spread to the living room, hallway and basement kitchen.
Two fire appliances from the Enniskillen Fire Station and one from Irvinestown Fire Station attended the fire at the house which was unoccupied at the time and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were able to extinguish the fire.
Police and the Fire Service believe the cause of the fire appears to be deliberate and the incident was dealt with at around 7.29pm.
Enniskillen based councillor Debbie Coyle expressed her concerns about the recent incident at Sedan Terrace. “This is terrible news. I am aware that the Fire Service believe it was started deliberately and if this is the case, how somebody could be so irresponsible, knowing the possible consequences of a fire, is beyond me!”
“We could be reading about one or more fatalities which not only has a devastating effect on the loved ones and their families but also on the wider community. We do not want to see these, or any, type of attacks on people’s homes.”
Investigating the fire, Detective Constable Caroline Crawford said, “Police are appealing for information and witnesses following an arson attack at a house in the Sedan Terrace area of Enniskillen on Wednesday January 2nd.
“I would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in and around this area or anyone who has information that could assist with police enquiries, to contact detectives at 101.”
This latest incident comes just over a week after 80-year-old Ben Donnelley tragically died as a result of a fire at his home in Braeside Park, Enniskillen on Christmas Eve.
An investigation into the cause of the fire, which is not believed to be suspicious, had begun, and Mr Donnelley’s funeral was held on December 30th.


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