A house in west Belfast has been attacked for the third time within the past two weeks.
The downstairs of the property at Dermott Hill Parade was completed gutted in the blaze which broke out just after 2am on Thursday.
Police are treating the fire as arson and they say it could be linked to criminal damage on New Year’s Day when windows were smashed.
No one was in the property at the time of the incident.
“We are also investigating a possible link to a shooting incident at residential premises in the Upper Springfield road area, which was reported to police on Tuesday,” said Detective Sergeant McPhillips.
“Everyone has a right to live in a safe and stable community and this type of senseless and reckless criminality will not be tolerated. Those living in the local area who have any information should bring it to police immediately so that we can bring the perpetrators to justice,” added Detective Sergeant McPhillips.
And police are appealing to anyone who has any information to get in touch.
“I would appeal to anyone who has any information about these incidents or saw any suspicious activity in the Dermott Hill Parade area in the early hours of this morning, to get in touch with detectives on 101, quoting reference number 97 of 3/1/19,” added Detective Sergeant McPhillips.
Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.