Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Arsonists could have killed us, says mum

Andrena Wilson and her burnt-out shed
Andrena Wilson and her burnt-out shed

A woman has spoken of her terror as she and her two children were forced to flee their home in the middle of the night after an arson attack.

Neighbours, including a man confined to a wheelchair, were also evacuated from their homes in the Creggan area of Londonderry due to the intensity of the fire and danger of oil tanks igniting.

Andrena Wilson wept at the thought of what could have happened if the fire that razed a purpose-built storage shed at her home had spread.

Herself, her 17-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter have been unable to sleep since the attack.

Ms Wilson claimed the arsonists didn't care if they were "roasted alive" in the home they have lived in for the past nine years.

The tearful mother added: "I've lived here for nine years, this is our home, but now I can't even sleep in my bed I am so scared that whoever did this will come back and burn us in our beds. There is no reason in this world why someone would target us.

"The only thing I can think is that my son's scrambler bike was stolen a few weeks ago but we got it back, and I think they came for that again but couldn't get it because I had it chained up.

"My gut instinct is that when they saw that they decided that if they couldn't get the scrambler then no one was going to have it, and they set fire to the shed.

"The shed was full of flammable things and it was completely terrifying watching the flames rise higher and higher."

One of Ms Wilson's neighbours returning from work in the early hours of Friday spotted the flames and rang the Fire Service before alerting her and her neighbours who were evacuated before 5am.

Councillor Jim Clifford said anyone with information should take it to the police.

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