Living in fear: Victim's terror after petrol bomb attacks on Hull home
THE victim of two arson attacks on her home has spoken of her terror after petrol bombs were thrown through the windows.
Detectives have said the woman could have been killed in the attacks and have made a desperate plea for help to catch those responsible.
The woman, who is battling cancer, revealed windows were smashed before petrol bombs were thrown into the house.
She claims the consequences could have been much worse after one of the petrol bombs landed close to a gas cooker and boiler.
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The victim said: "I am terrified now.
"I now have to take diazepam as a result of what happened."
The house in Grove Street, off Beverley Road, in Hull, was targeted on Monday and then again on New Year's Day.
The woman claims she does not know why anyone would want to harm her.
Those living in the house have had to be moved while the investigation continues. The woman, who asked to remain anonymous for her own safety, is in a safe house along with one of the other tenants.
"I am now in a one-bedroom safe house but I hope to return," she said.
"It feels like my life is in limbo at the moment.
"We were definitely targeted but I think it maybe something to do with the previous tenants."
"I'm sure it has nothing to do with us but someone is targeting the house for some reason."
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Both attacks involved someone putting a brick through the window before throwing in a petrol bomb.
The woman said: "It was about 1.15am in Monday when one of the other tenants was downstairs and heard something smash in the kitchen.
"As he reached the kitchen, someone threw a petrol bomb in right next to the gas cooker and gas boiler.
"Luckily, he managed to put the flames out.
"The second time, on New Year's Day, I woke up at about 8.25am to take my medicine when I heard a window smash.
"I went into the living room and there was a brick and another petrol bomb.
"I put out the flames with a saucepan of water."
It is not just the tenants in the targeted house who are now living in fear.
A neighbour, who also wished to remain anonymous, revealed her teenage daughter will not return because she is so frightened.
The mother said: "I live right next door and I have children.
"It has been really frightening for everyone. It's a nightmare.
"If my neighbour's gas cooker had exploded then it would have been right next to my daughter's bedroom and I dread to think what could have happened.
"My daughter is staying with her sister because she is so scared."
Detectives have stepped up their appeal for information, releasing CCTV footage of a man they want to speak to about the attacks.
Nobody was injured in the attack, although fire damage was caused on each occasion.
A 42-year-old man was arrested in connection with the first attack but has been released on bail pending further inquiries.
No-one has been arrested for the second attack but the two are being linked.
Anyone with information should call Humberside Police on the non-emergency number 101.