Mum’s terror at fire attack

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A MOTHER has told how she feared for her seven-year-old son’s safety after a firebug set alight and destroyed a brand new Porsche Boxter parked outside her house in Kennoway, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The mum, who lives in Halfield Gardens but has asked the Mail not to print her name, said the luxury vehicle, which is estimated to be worth around £45,000, was in the care of her boyfriend, who had been given it as a courtesy car from a garage carrying out repairs to his BMW.

She said: “I was in bed and my wee boy shouted out for a drink of water, so I got up and went downstairs and I saw an orange glow through the glass panels of the front door.

“I looked out and saw the car was up in flames and I called the fire brigade.

“It only took seven minutes for them to come but it felt like ages. It was terrifying.

“It took them a good while to get the fire out and, afterwards, one of the firemen told us it was lucky they got there when they did, as it was about to blow.

“If it had done, it could have been a lot worse as it had a full tank of fuel in it.

“I’m angry because anything could have happened with my wee boy upstairs.

“The police said to go out the back as it would be safer, if it did blow, but he was scared to go out. He just clung on to me.”

The blaze, which completely gutted the top-of-the-range vehicle, happened between 2.30am-3am and is being investigated by Fife Police as a deliberate attack.

Luckily, nobody was injured but the car, which is able to do speeds of up to 170mph, is said to be a write off and had to be taken away by a Methil recovery firm.

The mum’s boyfriend, who also asked not to be named, was in the house on the night of the attack but didn’t speculate over reasons as to why the car was targeted.

He did, however, add that he had since spoken with the company which loaned him the car.

He revealed: “It was meant to collect the car at tea-time the day before but said there could be a 24-hour window of when it would get it.

“When the car company got here, it could see the damage on the road outside and it was alright with it.”

A spokesperson for Fife Police appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

He confirmed: “Police and Fife Fire and Rescue were alerted to the vehicle being ablaze.

“The fire was quickly controlled but the brand new Porsche Boxster, which was parked outside a house in Halfield Gardens, Kennoway, will be a write-off.

“Anybody with information regarding this fire is asked to contact Fife Police on 0845 600 5702 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where all calls are treated anonymously.”