Arson attempts baffling
Danger to children
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.