Mother and children targeted in late-night arson attack on family home

Mother and children targeted in late-night arson attack on family home

A GARDA investigation has been launched following an arson attack on a family home in County Louth.

A woman and three children narrowly escaped their burning home after it was set alight by an unidentified person late last night, Tuesday 14 September.

The alarm was raised at around 9.40pm last night, with the fire service and Gardaí arriving on the scene in St Laurent's Park shortly after.

It is understood that a woman aged in her 30's and three young children were inside the house when it was set on fire, but they managed to escape by jumping out the window as the fire took hold.

While the family were left shaken by the incident, they were assessed at the scene and thankfully did not require hospital treatment.

While the fire was eventually brought under control by the fire services, there was 'considerable' damage done to the property, according to Gardaí.

An investigation into the incident is underway, with Gardaí confirming they are treating the fire as suspicious, likely a targeted arson attack.

An appeal for witnesses has now been launched by Gardaí in Drogheda, with anyone with information which may assist the investigation urged to make themselves known to Gardaí.

Any witnesses have been asked to contact Gardaí in Drogheda Garda Station on 041 987 4200 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Investigations continue.