Published Saturday, 24 August 2013
A group of people set fire to rubbish in a wheelie bin and placed it at the front door of the property on Moss Road near Lambeg.
Burning litter was also put through the letterbox at approximately 12.40am on Saturday.
DUP MLA for the area Paul Givan said: "This is a random act of vandalism that could be treated as attempted murder.
"People need to recognise that this type of activity can have very seriousness consequences, this could've been the death of two individuals.
"The PSNI need to apprehend those responsible and the community needs to fully support them."
Part of the house caught fire, but the pair believed to be aged 70 and 71 were rescued by a passer-by before fire crews arrived.
All three were treated for smoke inhalation.
A second neighbour who came to the couple's aid suffered burns.
It is thought that other small fires were also started in the area.
Police want anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in and around this area or anyone who has any information to contact them.
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