Blazes ‘could have resulted in fatalities’ – MLA

Published on Monday 14 May 2012 16:35

LAST week’s arson attacks in Greenisland could easily have got out of control and resulted in fatalities, East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs has warned.

“With three separate malicious fires destroying property in Greenisland within a short period of time, we are fortunate that no one has been killed or seriously injured,” Mr Beggs said.

“The property of citizens has been destroyed; in one instance two cars, a caravan and an attached garage have been destroyed, the house roof almost caught fire and the oil tank was in danger of igniting. If either had happened many other properties would have caught fire and more lives would have been in great danger.”

The UUP Assemblyman also praised the Fire and rescue Service for their quick actions in dealing with the incidents.

“I would call on the local community to report any suspicious activity they have noticed in the area and to assist police in identifying whoever may responsible,” Mr Beggs added.

“Once started a fire can quickly go beyond the control of even the Fire and Rescue Service and these instances could easily have resulted in fatalities. The sooner those responsible are apprehended the better.”

Meanwhile, Greenisland Councillor Stewart Dickson MLA also hit out at those behind the incidents at Mullaghmore Park and Knocksallagh Park.

“I utterly condemn the people responsible for these attacks; they caused serious damage to a number of vehicles and buildings.

“We are just lucky that no one was injured or killed,” Mr Dickson said.

“This was just wanton violence by thugs who have no respect for the local community. I have visited the different sites and talked to local people and they are disgusted at what happened.

“If anybody has any information about these arson attacks then I would urge them to contact the police.”

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