Taxi driver puts out fire at west Belfast shop after arson

Shop worker avoids injury in incident on Carrigart Avenue on Friday night

A taxi driver put out a fire in a shop in west Belfast after it was attacked by an arsonist.

A shop worker escaped injury during the incident on Friday night.

Police said a man entered the shop on Carrigart Avenue at around 8.40pm and sprayed a liquid from a plastic bottle over the electronic equipment, including the till at the counter and one of the shelves in the shop.

He then ignited the liquid and shouted for the member of staff to leave.


“The suspect left on foot in the direction of Creeslough Park,” Inspector Moutray said.

“A passing taxi driver ran into the shop and extinguished the fire. Thankfully they and the member of staff were not harmed.”

The suspect was wearing a dark-coloured baseball cap with a dark-coloured snood/scarf covering the lower part of his face. He also had on dark-coloured trousers and light coloured trainers.

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time the incident took place, or who may have CCTV or dashcam footage, to contact them. – PA