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Petrol bomb attack on Colchester home
6:00pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
A PETROL bomb was hurled at the gas supply of a Colchester home while a woman slept upstairs.
Detectives are investigating the attack on a home in Maypole Green Road, Colchester, at about 3.30am on Sunday.
Landé Fourie, 40, now fears for her own safety so is selling up and moving on.
She said: “I woke up to what sounded like fire crackers by the front door but I didn’t know what is was.
“So I went downstairs and saw flames leaping up by the front door.
“I ran around calling 999 and I couldn’t get the door open at first.
“When I did there was something stuffed in a bottle full of petrol on fire on top of my gas box.
“It could have exploded and I wasn’t thinking and managed to grab it and throw it into the street.
“I found a fire extinguisher and put it out.
Fire crews from Colchester and West Mersea were able to make sure the flames were out about 20 minutes later.
Firefighters also called the police because the fire was started deliberately.
Ms Fourie said: “I was having trouble breathing because of the smoke and powder but I wouldn’t go to hospital because I was worried about the house.
“I was shaking and I am so scared.”
A spokesman for Essex Police said: “Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding an arson attack outside a house in Colchester.
“Police attended after being called by the fire and rescue service.”
They confirmed an item had been thrown at the house, causing damage to the outside, but would not say what is was.
A police presence remained at the scene throughout Sunday and yesterday while investigations continue, including looking at CCTV footage.