TWO toddlers and three adults were very fortunate they were not burnt to death after an arsonist threw a petrol bomb into their home, according to a senior garda.
The petrol bomber struck the two-storey house in Cork shortly after 1.15am yesterday.
The bomb was thrown through the window of the sitting room at the house at Kileenreendowney Avenue, Ballyphehane.
A man in his 20s and his three-year-old son were asleep in the sitting room at the time. The man’s father, who is in his 60s, was asleep upstairs. His sister and her two-year-old daughter were also asleep upstairs.
The young man was awoken when the glass smashed and managed to raise the alarm. He got his sister and the two children out of the house then he and his father tackled the fire, which damaged the front room.
Units of the Cork City Fire Brigade attended the scene, as did gardaí.
Superintendent Barry McPolin said gardaí were treating the incident as very serious. “This was an outrageous act which had the potential for fatal consequences. Luckily nobody was killed or seriously injured,” he said.
Garda technical experts carried out a forensic examination of the scene. Gardaí also carried out house to house inquiries.
Supt McPolin appealed for the public’s help.
“We believe the area would have been busy at the time. People would have been returning home from the jazz festival and from pubs. There should have been taxi drivers around the place.
“We are appealing for anybody who saw anything in the Kileenreendowney Avenue area between 1am and 2am to contact us, no matter how insignificant they might think it is.”
Anybody with information should contact Togher gardaí at 021 4947120.
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