Indian family escape injury after fire at Antrim home

The home at Meadow Drive in Antrim which was targeted in an overnight arson attack.  Picture: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
The home at Meadow Drive in Antrim which was targeted in an overnight arson attack. Picture: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

An Indian woman and her two young children have escaped injury after a fire at their Antrim home.

Police are investigating a motive after a car was set on fire in the Meadow Drive area, with damage caused to a house.

No one was injured in the incident in the early hours of this morning.

A police spokesperson said: “At approximately 6.20am, police received a report that a car was on fire in the driveway of a house, it was completely destroyed.

“Investigations are at an early stage to determine the cause of this fire.”

The TUV’s South Antrim representative Richard Cairns has condemned the incident and said there was “no justification” for the attack.

“My thoughts are immediately with the family who have been subjected to this horrendous criminal behaviour – to be woken up to discover your car has been set alight must be a harrowing experience,” Mr Cairns said.

He added: “There is never any justification for this type of reckless criminality – this fire could have spread to the family house as well as neighbouring properties and endangered the lives of many including young children.

“The family themselves are already grieving for the passing of a grandfather, with the father out of the country for the funeral. This act makes a horrible event even worse.

“I would encourage anyone with information to contact the PSNI and help get these criminal elements off our streets.”

Richard Cairns.

Richard Cairns.

Car set on fire at Meadow Drive, Antrim