Wednesday 25 April 2018

Gardaí probe arson attack on woman in 80s

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Conor Kane

Gardaí are investigating an attempted arson attack which forced an elderly woman out of her home.

The incident happened in the early hours of Tuesday, when a person poured an accelerant on the front door of a house on Heywood Road in Clonmel, Co Tipperary.

The woman, who is in her mid-80s and living alone, was in bed at the time.

It is understood a passing motorist alerted the woman to what had happened. The motorist also called gardaí to the scene.

"This poor woman was living alone and could have been dead in her bed with the smoke," a local garda said.

The fire did not take hold and the fire service did not have to attend the house.

Clonmel gardaí are appealing for information on the attempted arson from anyone who was in the Heywood Road area between about 11pm on Monday and 1am on Tuesday. The crime was reported at about 12.30am.

They also want anyone who noticed any suspicious behaviour from anyone, or a smell of petrol from anyone's clothing, to contact the garda station.

It's understood that the woman's daughter came to the house and brought her away from the scene.

Gardaí conducted a forensic examination throughout Tuesday but it's not known yet if the shocked occupant has been able to return.

Irish Independent

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