04 Jul 2022

Arson attack at Derry business premises destroys car and damages two others

Arson attack at Derry business premises destroys car and damages two others

Police in Derry are investigating an arson at business premises on the Prehen Road area of the city during the early hours of today (Wednesday).

The fire completely destroyed one vehicle and damaged two others.

Police received a report of a vehicle on fire just before 3.20am. Officers responded and attended the scene where the NIFRS was in attendance.

One vehicle has been completely destroyed as a result of the blaze, while a further two vehicles sustained damage.

Some damage was also caused to part of the roof of a building and to a fence.

Sergeant Neill said, "NIFRS has deemed this fire to have been caused by deliberate ignition and so, at this time, we are treating this incident as arson.

"I am appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have captured any suspicious activity on their dash cam, or anyone with information to get in touch with us."

Elvis Alija, owner of the car wash on Prehen Road, said, "Whoever did this has tried to do as much damage as possible to the car wash; to destroy the business.

"They have ended up destroying three cars and damaging others. The cars belong to me and there is damage in the car wash too.

"I live in Belfast and got the call at 3.30am this morning informing me the car wash was on fire. I returned to find my cars and car wash destroyed, basically.

"This is the second time this has happened; the last happening four years ago. Our other business on the Strand Road has only been open five days and this happens.

"I don't have any personal problems with anyone, I can't help but feel like this is a hate crime. We are just trying to make a living and create a few jobs in the community."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 101, quoting reference number 174 of 08/06/22.

You can also submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

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