Winterskloof resident Liz Cundall survives arson attack on her home

2012-06-25 00:00

A COMBINATION of her vigilant dogs, an alert security company and the efficient response of the local police station yesterday saved the life of a retired Winterskloof resident.

Liz Cundall, who describes herself as an activist in the local community, is lucky to be alive following a botched attempt by unknown attackers to set her house alight using a gas cylinder.

She told The Witness that the attackers smashed a window in her garden room and started a fire, before throwing a gas cylinder into the blaze.

“I’m lucky to be alive. At about 3:30 am I heard a bang, but I thought it was thunder.

“However, my dog barked … and I heard the alarm go off as well.

“Someone from B-Secure [the alarm company] phoned me and I asked him which area was set off and he said the signal came from the garden room. I peeped through the window in the bedroom and saw the flames. I then told them it was a fire.”

She said the security company then contacted the police and the fire department to alert them of the incident.

She said keeping calm was of vital importance under the circumstances.

“I was very confident in dealing with the problem as I had my two German Sheperds with me. The security company, the police and the fire department then came round.”

Cundall, who is the former chairperson of the local community policing forum, said the latest incident followed two burglaries at her property was between March and May.

She has been involved in fighting various municipal-related challenges — most notably issues around rates.

“Crime is an issue. I must thank the police though. I feel very encouraged by the swift and efficient response of the police …” she said.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said a case of arson has been opened, adding that the motive for the attack was unknown.

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