Ar­son at­tempts baf­fling

Dan­ger to chil­dren

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - By FLORENCE KERR

Toko­roa po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing an ar­son on El­iz­a­beth Drive on Fri­day night.

Kirsty Gor­don and her two pri­mary-aged chil­dren were next door at her mother’s house when the fire was started about 7.50pm.

Ms Gor­don told South Waikato News this was the fourth at­tempted ar­son at her home since May 16 this year.

‘‘There was my shed, the front door, the back door and now this one.

‘‘I have re­fused to stay at my house, I’m not go­ing to put me and my ba­bies at risk. I have a 10-year-old and a 5-year-old and the last fire I had to get them out of bed be­cause the house was filled with smoke.

‘‘I’m not go­ing to put them at risk again and leave them in a house to go to sleep in their own rooms where some­thing like this is go­ing to hap­pen.’’

Ms Gor­don said Fri­day night’s fire had been the worst, with the en­tire lounge gut­ted by the blaze.

‘‘I’m thank­ful my kids were not in the house.’’

Ms Gor­don has her sus­pi­cions about who is be­hind the at­tacks and has given that in­for­ma­tion to po­lice.

‘‘Since May 16 I have been absolutely ter­ri­fied, ev­ery noise I hear I freak out, and I think – is it my house again?’’ she said.

‘‘ I can’t sleep, I would stay awake for as long as I could be­cause I was so scared that I would go to sleep and they would do some­thing and I would sleep through it and my kids would die.

‘‘I think there is one per­son be­hind this and I have let the po­lice know. It’s get­ting per­sonal now, this per­son knows my kids are in my house.

‘‘If you know any­thing let me know, or tell some­body who can let me know who it is.

‘‘It’s my girls at risk, if any­thing hap­pened to my girls I don’t know what I would do.

‘‘I don’t care about my­self, I care about my kids. So please tell the po­lice, for my kids’ sake.’’

One neigh­bour who did not want to be named, de­scribed the lat­est at­tack as cow­ardly.

‘‘This is the fourth time I have seen the fire bri­gade down here be­cause some rot­ten fire­bugs can’t leave this poor woman and her fam­ily alone. There is kids at that house, I hope the po­lice find who is do­ing this and lock them up and throw away the key.’’

Se­nior Sergeant Graeme Hill urges those with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact po­lice on 0800 555 111.

LOUNGE GUT­TED: Kirsty Gor­don’s El­iz­a­beth Drive home was hit in an ar­son at­tack on Fri­day night.

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