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The Murphy home in Clondalkin was gutted in the attack. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins

The Murphy home in Clondalkin was gutted in the attack. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins

The Murphy home in Clondalkin was gutted in the attack. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins

TENSIONS remain extremely high in a west Dublin suburb today after a terrifying arson attack which almost led to the murders of a family of four.

The Murphy family home at Monksfield Green in Clondalkin was gutted in the petrol-bomb attack at 1.40am yesterday.

Senior sources have revealed that gardai are investigating if associates of a notorious local criminal were involved in the attack.

It has emerged that some members of the Murphy family have been involved in a long running feud with local hood Barry Freeman (27).

"Things are very tense here at the moment – there are a lot of threats flying around.

"We could easily have been dealing with a mass murder yesterday," a source told the Herald.

Barry Freeman was jailed for four-and-a-half years in February 2008 for a savage knife assault on a then 40-year-old man while he was high on cocaine after being refused entry to a 21st birthday party. He has previous convictions for possession of a firearm and drugs.

THREATS

Pat Murphy, his wife Pauline, and their sons Alex and Frankie suffered burns and smoke inhalation when their house was targeted.

Alex Murphy said the arson attack was over a feud, but would not discuss who the row was with or what it was over.

"We know who they are," he told the Herald.

Pat Murphy said there was another attempt to petrol bomb the house three weeks ago.

"I've done nothing on no-one, I've no record," he added.

The living room, hall and most of the kitchen were gutted in the blaze, and the fire spread to upstairs rooms and blackened the entire front of the house.

Gardai are treating the fire as an attempt to kill as well as arson.

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