Suspected arson attack at Co Armagh chip shop

Significant damage has been caused to a Co Armagh chip shop after a suspected arson attack earlier this morning.

Wednesday, 8th May 2019, 5:32 pm

Police in Lurgan are appealing for witnesses and information after the attack on the Mourne Road Chippy in the town.#

It is understood no one was hurt in the incident.

Sergeant Quinn said “It was reported to police at around 3am this morning and we attended alongside the NIFRS.

Mourne Road Chippy which was damaged in a suspected arson attack

“The fire is currently being treated as suspicious however, further investigation is needed to discover how this incident started.

“I would ask anyone in the area at the time who may have seen anyone or anything suspicious to please contact police in Lurgan on 101 quoting reference number 8/5/19. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.’’

The NI Fire and Rescue Service said they received a call at 2:58am on Wednesday morning and two appliances, one from Lurgan and one from Portadown were tasked.

A spokesperson said: “Firefighters dealt with a chip shop on fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The incident was dealt with at 3:32am.”

One local said: “No one was hurt but the shutter is completely blown off.

“There’s glass everywhere.

“Police are still at the scene and it is all cordoned off with police tape,” she said.