A Cork family were forced to flee their home in the early hours of this morning after it was firebombed.
A petrol bomb was thrown through a window at the rear of a house in Riverview, Blarney, at around 1.15am. Gardaí have launched a full investigation.
The occupants of the house; Olive O’Mahony, her two teenage daughters Shirley and Stacey and her partner Dan Buckley fled the house as it was engulfed in flames.
The emergency services were alerted and units of the Cork City Fire Brigade were at the scene within minutes, but the house was gutted.
The family were unhurt in the attack, but neighbours said they were in a state of deep shock.
Detective Inspector Mick Kelleher said gardaí were treating it as a deliberate attack.
Next door neighbour Tony Ring said he was watching TV when he heard Mrs O’Mahony banging on his door to alert him that her house was on fire.
Anyone with any information should call Blarney Garda Station on (021) 4385111.
Meanwhile, gardaí are investigating a blaze at Passage West Post Office last night.
The cause of the fire, which started around 9.45pm causing smoke damage, has yet to be determined.