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Bail for pair linked to Carnbane arson attack 

Two men arrested on suspicion of arson after a major blaze at a former customs site in Newry have been released on police bail pending further enquiries

NI Fire and Rescue Service were alerted to the extensive fire which engulfed the former customs clearance station in the Carnbane Industrial Estate at around 1.20am on Saturday morning. The suspects, aged 19 and 53, were arrested in the vicinity of the blaze shortly after fire crews were deployed to the scene. The pair were quizzed by police before being released on Saturday night.

NIFRS say fire crews arrived at the scene to find a “well developed fire” underway and at the height of the inferno, five fire appliances, an aerial ladder platform and a specialist command support unit were on hand, battling through the night to bring the flames under control.  Part of the building’s roof collapsed as the blaze tore through the industrial unit, with substantial damage caused to its interior. 

Newry SDLP councillor Michael Savage praised fire crews “for their swift response in dealing with this major blaze and their bravery in tackling this serious fire.”

“The Newry crews were on the scene within three minutes,” said Mr Savage who also commended local residents who raised the alarm.The councillor added: “I am just thankful that no one was hurt.”

A PSNI spokesman said,  

“Police are investigating a fire at a building on Shepherds Way in Newry during the early hours of Saturday 27 October.

“At around 1.20am police on patrol in the area observed a fire at the premises. NIFRS attended and the fire was extinguished. Considerable damage was caused to the building as a result of the fire.

“Two men, aged 19 and 53, arrested on suspicion of arson following the fire have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.”

The police spokesperson appealed for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact officers in Ardmore on 101 quoting reference 92 27/10/18.