Howick family shocked after morning arson attack

2012-09-21 00:00

A HOWICK family is recovering from shock after a number of men attempted to burn down their house in an early morning attack yesterday.

A woman who lives in the house, who asked not to be named for fear of further victimisation, told The Witness that at around 2.30 am yesterday, her 19-year-old son was woken up by footsteps on their veranda.

“He heard that the dogs were barking and chasing someone from the back. He then heard someone shaking something and sprinkling something on the door.

“That’s when he said ‘they’re burning the house down’,” she said.

The fire damaged their door, parts of the ceiling and broke windows, burning down curtains.

She said they managed to put the fire out before the police arrived.

“We haven’t slept since we woke up. The police and security guards have been here and concerned friends brought us some food.

“We don’t have our own security, but there is security that is patrolling the streets at night. We don’t feel safe at the moment,” she said.

She said she suspected that the incident was linked to a strike that was happening at her husband’s workplace, as a similar attack had taken place at the home of his colleague.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said a case of arson was being investigated. He said the cause of the fire was unknown, and no arrests had been made.

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