An early morning fire at a property in the Sperrin Road area of Limavady is being treated as deliberate by the emergency services.
It is understood the incident occurred at a vacant house at approximately 3am on Tuesday, March 21.
Commenting on the fire, Detective Sergeant Wallace said: “Police received a report of the fire shortly after 3am this morning.
“The house was well ablaze upon the arrival of emergency services a short time later, and a number of nearby residents were evacuated from their homes whilst Fire Service personnel dealt with the fire. The house was left completely gutted and an adjoining house suffered smoke damage.
“We are treating this incident as arson at this stage and an investigation is underway. I would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area or who has any information to contact detectives in Coleraine on 101, quoting reference number 70 21/03/17. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
A Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) spokesperson added: “NIFRS responded to a fire at a semi-detached house at Sperrin Road, Limavady.
“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hosereel jets and two jets to extinguish the blaze. The cause of the fire appeared deliberate. Fire crews from Limavady, Dungiven and Northland stations attended the incident.”