Attempted arson attack on an elderly woman’s home in Co Tipperary

Gardaí are investigating the motive for the incident that ‘makes no sense at all’

‘This poor woman was living alone and could have been dead in her bed with the smoke,’ a garda said.   Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

‘This poor woman was living alone and could have been dead in her bed with the smoke,’ a garda said. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

 

Gardaí are trying to establish the motive for an attempted arson attack, which forced an elderly woman out of her home after somebody tried to set fire to her front door.

The incident happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning, when a person poured an accelerant on the front door of a house on Heywood Road in Clonmel, Co Tipperary.

A woman in her mid-80s, living alone, was in bed at the time inside the house. It is understood a motorist who was passing at the time noticed some charring on the door and alerted the woman to what had happened.

The motorist also called gardaí to the scene. “This poor woman was living alone and could have been dead in her bed with the smoke,” a garda said.

The fire did not take off and the fire service did not have to attend the house. The South Tipperary fire service’s headquarters is located on the same road as the woman’s home, about half a kilometre from O’Connell Street in the centre of Clonmel.

“It makes no sense at all,” the garda said in relation to a motive for the incident. Clonmel gardaí are appealing for information on the attempted arson from anyone who was in the Heywood Road area between about 11pm on Monday night and 1am on Tuesday morning.

The crime was reported at about 12.30am. Gardaí have appealed for anyone who noticed any suspicious behaviour from a family member or friend, or a smell of petrol from clothing, to contact the station.

It is understood that the woman’s daughter came to the house and brought her away from the scene.

Gardaí conducted a forensic examination on Tuesday but it is not known yet if the occupant has been able to return.