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UK News Police brand Kennedy Way arson a "despicable attack" after three businesses are damaged

14:30  03 november  2019
14:30  03 november  2019 Source:   belfastlive.co.uk

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A fire that caused "substantial" damage to at least three businesses in west Belfast is being investigated by the police as arson . The PSNI said the fire off Kennedy Way was reported shortly after 00:45 GMT on Sunday. It described the incident as a despicable attack that will have a severe.

Police have branded it ' a despicable attack '. Detective Inspector Tom Phillips said: "NIFRS reported the blaze at premises just off Kennedy Way to us just after 00:45 am . "The fire, which is being treated as arson , has caused substantial damage to at least three businesses in the area.

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A West Belfast business has been "gutted" following a blaze in the early hours of this morning.

Six fire appliances were called to the scene on Kennedy Way at 12:45am on Sunday 3 November to what was described as a "well developed fire" in Glendale Carpets and Flooring.

A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Fire Service told Belfast Live that crews are currently still in attendance carrying out a "dampening down process".

He said: "There was significant damage to Glendale Carpets and Flooring and with a blaze of this scale there has been some smoke damage to other premises in that unit.

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"Because this fire happened through the night we are thankful that there are no injuries today and we have no reported injuries to our staff from this morning."

Detectives investigating the arson have appealed for information.

Inspector Tom Phillips said: "We attended the scene where fire crews where tackling the blaze and which had spread to other business premises in the area. Kennedy Way was closed for a time, but has since reopened.

"The fire, which is being treated as arson, has caused substantial damage to at least three businesses in the area.

"This has been a despicable attack, which will undoubtedly have a severe impact on the businesses affected.

"I want to appeal to anyone who was in the area last night and who saw any suspicious activity, or anyone who may have captured any suspicious person/persons in the area on their dash cam, to call us. I would also appeal to anyone who has information they believe may assist our investigation to pick up the phone and tell our detectives at Musgrave what you know by calling 101, and quote reference 95 of 03/11/19."

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Sinn Fein Councillor Ronan McLaughlin was on the scene this morning and spoke with the owners of Glendale Carpets.

He said: "They are in absolute shock at the moment and they can't get access right now to the inside of the store because the roof has been deemed unstable.

"If this does turn out that this has been a deliberate arson attack then it is just despicable. This store has been at the heart of West Belfast for decades and we will do all we can as a community to rally round those affected and offer them support where needed."

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