OAP has 'miracle' escape as firebomb is thrown at house
Gardai are investigating a firebomb attack on a south Dublin house while an elderly woman was asleep inside.
A petrol bomb was thrown at the property in Crumlin on Monday night, and gardai are looking into whether the incident is linked to a recent attack in the midlands.
A source told the Herald it was a "miracle" that the pensioner, aged in her 70s and understood to be very ill, was not killed in the indiscriminate attack.
She has been described as "completely innocent", but local gardai are trying to establish if a younger relative was the intended target.
Emergency services were called to the scene at around 9pm on Monday.
A lone male is believed to have approached the property before throwing a rock through a front window. A petrol canister was then set alight and thrown at the house.
The firebomb failed to ignite inside the property, but caused damage to the front.
The suspect then fled the scene in a car.
A garda spokeswoman said officers at Sundrive Road Garda Station were investigating "an incident of criminal damage in the Rutland area at around 9pm on Monday night".
No arrests have yet been made and investigations are continuing.
A source said gardai were investigating if it was part of a dispute linked to a recent serious attack in a county in the midlands.
"There could easily have been a fatality in this case if the petrol canister had ignited inside the house," the source said.
"The pensioner, who is quite ill, was sleeping inside when it was thrown at the house.
"She is obviously a completely innocent person and investigators are attempting to establish if a younger relative was the intended target."
A number of younger males known to the woman have been involved in criminality over the past three decades.
However, Monday night's incident has been described as a localised dispute not directly linked to their long criminal history.