DETECTIVES in Derry have launched an arson inquiry following a fire at a block of flats.
The Fire and Rescue Service say it received a 999 call to a fire in the hallway of ground floor flats on Glenabbey Crescent in Galliagh around 10 yesterday, Tuesday, February 19.
A spokesperson said: “Three appliances attended the scene – two from Northland and one from Crescent Link Fire Station.
“A man in his 40’s was rescued by firefighters and treated by ambulance personnel at the scene. All other people in the flats were accounted for.
“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire.
“The incident was dealt with at 10.38 am.
“The cause of the fire has been determined as deliberate.
“Thankfully, the occupier had a working smoke alarm fitted which alerted him to the fire.
“This incident demonstrates the importance of having a smoke alarm fitted on every floor of your home and the need to test it once a week to ensure its working.”
Anyone with information about those behind the arson attack is asked to ring detectives at Strand Road on the 101 number.
Alternatively information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555 111.