Tuesday 11 December 2018

'Arson' forces out mother and daughters from home

The home of Toni Reid was destroyed by fire at Ballyfermot Road yesterday. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
The home of Toni Reid was destroyed by fire at Ballyfermot Road yesterday. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

Allison Bray and Amy Molloy

A mother and her two young daughters have been forced out of their brand new Dublin home due to an arson attack.

Toni Reid and her daughters, aged 9 and 5, happily posed for photographs alongside Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy last month when they became the first family to avail of a new State housing scheme.

The delighted family, who had been living in hotels for the past two years, were the first to secure a home under the State's new Repair and Leasing scheme.

It allows local authorities to enter into long-term leases with property owners in exchange for a grant of up to €40,000 to bring vacant residential properties up to standard.

But the family were made temporarily homeless again after a fire - which gardaí believe was intentionally set - gutted the entrance hall and caused substantial damage to the semi-detached home in Ballyfermot early yesterday morning.

Gardaí last night confirmed they were treating the incident as a case of suspected arson.

Toni Reid pictured with the key to her new Repair and Lease Scheme home. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Toni Reid pictured with the key to her new Repair and Lease Scheme home. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

Fortunately, Ms Reid and her daughters were not at home when the fire broke out around 1:30am.

Ms Reid was too upset to talk about the incident when contacted yesterday. However, a spokesman for the Peter McVerry Trust, which has been working with the family, said they have been re-housed with the charity and may not return to their new home.

Irish Independent

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