A mother has condemned arsonists for putting her family at risk after a caravan went up in flames just feet away from their home.
Tracey Byrne, aged 38, was at home with her husband and their two children, Jacob Hunt, aged 13 and Olivia, 15, when a caravan they were storing for a friend outside their house on Churchill Avenue, Maltby, was set alight.
The family discovered the blaze at 1.30am on Sunday when a neighbour knocked on their door to raise the alarm.
Firefighters called out to extinguish the flames – which shot up to the height of the bedroom windows of the house – believed the fire was started deliberately.
A police investigation into the incident is now under way.
Tracey, who said a wheelie bin was also set alight on neighbouring Hamilton Road at around the same time as the caravan, warned arson can kill.
“The caravan was just two feet away from the side of our house and the flames were as high as the bedroom windows – I dread to think what might have happened if a neighbour hadn’t hammered on our door to tell us about the fire,” she said.
“We were so lucky not to have been hurt, or even worse – killed.
“Not only were the flames so close to the house but our car was parked next to the caravan so if that had caught fire too it could have exploded and blown all the windows in the house.
“If it was just meant as a bit of a prank the person who did this needs to realise the seriousness of their actions and what could have happened to my family.”
Tracey is looking for gas and electrical engineers to reconnect her supplies after discovering the caravan was not insured, leaving her liable for the damage to her rented home.