Young family’s arson nightmare

A LOCAL family managed to escape from their home after thugs set fire to cars in their driveway.

A LOCAL family managed to escape from their home after thugs set fire to cars in their driveway.

Gardaí are investigating a suspected arson attack at an address at Maiden Hill on the city’s Kells Road where two cars were destroyed and where heat damage was caused to a house in the quiet housing estate in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Trees were scorched and the walls of the house were damaged after the valuable cars were set on fire. “This is a quiet estate and people are just shocked over what has happened,” one local resident said.

The family, who were in the house at the time managed to get to safety and escaped uninjured. Gardaí are treating the incident very seriously and a spokesman said that the motive for the attack was unclear. Kilkenny Fire Service attended the blaze which broke out in the early hours of Thursday morning after receiving a number of calls from people living locally reporting the incident.

Tens of thousands of euro of damage was caused when the two 2007 vehicles were set on fire outside the front of the house. There were a number of people, including young children in the house when the cars were set on fire between 12.30 and 1.30am. It is not clear whether the attack was a targeted arson attack or an extreme case of vandalism that accelerated out of control. Minor damage was caused to the house and nearby trees were also burned. Investigating gardaí said that the incident ‘could have had much more serious consequences’ and are appealing to the public for information.

Emergency services were at the scene within minutes. The scene was preserved and a technical examination was carried out and the cars were removed for forensic examination. None of the occupants of the house were injured in the incident.

A number of items that were in the cars were found in Coote’s Lane. Gardaí are continuing their investigations and are appealing to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the vicinity to contact them on 056 772 22 22.