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The four family cars after arson attack in Derry’s Barr’s Lane

The four family cars after arson attack in Derry’s Barr’s Lane

The four family cars after arson attack in Derry’s Barr’s Lane

A young woman whose car was one of four destroyed in an arson attack in Londonderry has said she has been left terrified.

Courtney Deery described how neighbours used ladders to help her and her mother escape from their house.

Ms Deery (19) was at home at Barr's Lane, where she lives with her mother, sister and two-year-old niece, on Monday night when arsonists set fire to two family cars.

The blaze spread to two other cars, also owned by the family. All four vehicles were destroyed.

Ms Deery said she has no idea why her family was targeted, but is convinced someone could have died in the attack.

She said: "My mother heard a loud bang close to midnight and came into my room to make sure it wasn't me but then we looked out the window and saw all the flames, it was unbelievable.

"Mammy was screaming: 'The cars are on fire'. Two of the cars were set alight but then the fire spread to the other two, including my car."

She added: "Knowing that it was our property and that someone actually came and set it alight is scary. The heat was so intense the guttering has melted, it was so scary."

Ms Deery said the trauma of the incident has left her reluctant to stay in the house.

She continued: "I am that scared now, I don't want to go back because I think if someone can do this, they can do a lot worse."

Belfast Telegraph