LOYALIST campaigner Willie Frazer said he could have been killed if police had not alerted him to an arson attack at his Co Armagh home.
The high-profile victims' spokesman and flag protest leader was asleep when his car was set ablaze during the early hours of yesterday.
A passing PSNI patrol saw the flames and brought Mr Frazer (52) to safety. Mr Frazer, who has been involved in organising protests over the removal of the Union flag from Belfast City Hall, branded the attack "attempted murder" and blamed criminal elements within republicanism.
However, he has vowed not to be intimidated by the attack.
"These scum will not deter me from doing what I'm doing," he said. "They were throwing petrol bombs at my house 40 years ago when I was 10 or 11. It did not deter my father then and it won't deter me now."
His wife and teenage son Philip were not at home at the time.
Mr Frazer, pictured, praised the actions of officers who alerted him to the danger.
"The police saw the flames and came down and woke me, as I was sleeping in my bed," he added. "I have to thank the police and the fire brigade. Only for them I probably at the very least wouldn't have a home, and only for the police I probably wouldn't be standing here."