Women flee firebomb home
TWO women had to flee their home after it was firebombed.
An arson investigation has been launched into the blaze which happened at just after 5am yesterday in Larkside Avenue, Walkden.
Firefighters were called and doused the flames which severely smoke damaged the living room.
Luckily the two women, believed to be in their late 20s, escaped uninjured.
It is thought the women had been threatened before the terrifying attack and firefighters had carried out a “priority home fire risk assessment”.
Crews had installed extra smoke alarms and taped up the letterbox as a precaution.
Neighbours believe the arson attack was the result of a row over music festival tickets.
One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “We need the police to really protect them because I’m sure the person will be back.”
Another neighbour, who also asked to remain anonymous, added: “This isn’t something you want happening in your street, there are lots of people with kids and it’s scary to think it might happen again. When it happened I saw one of the girls from the house outside in her pyjamas — so she was probably in bed at the time.”
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police confirmed that no arrests have been made and that the area is still being treated as a crime scene. He added: “We will be investigating this as an arson attack.”
A Fire Service spokesman added: “We can’t comment on individual cases, but when we receive requests for priority assessments, we give the occupants fire prevention and reaction advice and it is always a relief when that exercise pays off, even in sad circumstances.
“In this case, it appears a window has been smashed and an accelerant or some kind of object has been thrown through and set fire to the curtains.
“We will be speaking to neighbours and offering to carry out fire prevention work with them.”
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