Wednesday 25 April 2018

Arson attack that left mother and son fighting for life may be 'mistaken identity'

Conor Feehan and Ken Foy

Gardaí believe the arson attack on a family's flat that left a mother fighting for her life and her three children injured may have been a case of mistaken identity.

Detectives believe the intended target of the attack in Inchicore, in Dublin, is a young man who lives in a separate south inner city flats complex. He is believed to owe a debt to a dangerous local gang.

Members of Dublin city Council, the Fire Department & Gardai at the scene of the fire at Tyrone Place Apartments in Inchicore, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Members of Dublin city Council, the Fire Department & Gardai at the scene of the fire at Tyrone Place Apartments in Inchicore, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

It is understood this man, who is aged in his 20s, had previously visited the area where the incident took place.

CCTV footage obtained by gardaí shows the door going up in a "fireball" and a suspect fleeing.

No arrests have yet been made. However, extensive high-quality CCTV footage from the Tyrone Place flats complex and adjacent streets is being examined by gardaí.

The blaze occurred at the front of the Dublin City Council flat occupied by Maggie Green (30) and her children John (13), Francis (8) and Savannah (7) at about 11.15pm on Monday.

Ms Green, who was upstairs with the two younger children at the time, became trapped when the hallway and stairs were turned into an inferno, possibly after something was ignited through the letterbox or inside the door.

Her eldest son John managed to get out on to a back balcony because he was sleeping on a couch in the living room. He was rescued by a neighbour who had a ladder in his van.

Ms Green is in an induced coma in the Mater Hospital suffering from extensive burns. Francis suffered extensive burns to his upper body and is in a serious but stable condition in Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.

Savannah suffered burns to her hands and the effects of smoke inhalation. John escaped serious physical injury but is said to be traumatised.

Irish Independent

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