By Rose Astley, Donna Jones
Five fire crews battled a ferocious house fire in Monkland in the evening of Monday, 7 January which saw the home completely gutted and the roof collapsed.
The call was made to emergency crews that the East Deep Creek Road home was alight around 6pm, despite the crews best efforts, the home was completely destroyed.
Thankfully, the home was unoccupied and no one at the scene required hospitalisation or treatment.
On Tuesday, Detective Sergeant Robert Lowry said an investigation into the cause of the house fire is now underway, confirming ‘suspicious’ activity following a group of youth in the area around the time fire.
“Information had been received from neighbours indicating there may have been some noises heard at the property or within the vicinity of the property around the time of the fire,” Sgt Lowry told the press Tuesday morning.
Police are appealing to the public for any witnesses or passerby’s with dashcam footage that could help with their inquiries.
Sgt Lowry also revealed the owners of the home had only made the purchase in December 2021 and were in the process of renovating before the blaze.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.