Firebug attacks house

THE victim of four recent house fires says she is frustrated by the incidents and wants the person responsible to “pull their head in”.

The Wangaratta mother of two said she had no idea why someone would target her Burke Street home.

A gas meter next to the weatherboard home was set alight about 4.30am on Friday.

Flames spread to the side of the home and were noticed by a nearby resident, who alerted the woman.

She took her two children from the property and the CFA extinguished the fire.

When asked about the incident the resident, who asked not to be named, said “it stinks”.

It’s at least the fourth time someone has tried to set the home alight in recent months. 

The same area to the left of the home was targeted in a recent attack, which also caused minor damage. 

“I’m getting sick of idiot people trying to burn the house down, especially when I’ve got two children in the house,” she said.

“I wish they’d wake up to themselves and stop targeting me.

“It’s bloody wrong.

“It stinks.

“They should pull their heads in.”

The victim has lived in the home for eight years and said she had no known enemies.

“I’m shaken up a bit, but pissed off,” she said.

“It’s making me so angry.”

Police attended the home and fire investigators examined the crime scene on Friday afternoon.

Nearby resident Olive Lehrke was feeling “quite jumpy” following the fire. 

She said what was happening was cruel. 

“She's a lovely girl with two children, a single mum,” Ms Lehrke said. 

“It's a real shame.”

The victim has a child with special needs. 

Detective Sergeant Michael Dolan said it was unclear what had been used to start the blaze, which damaged several pieces of weatherboard. 

“It was picked up by a neighbour who was on their way to work,” he said. 

“The CFA attended quickly and extinguished the fire. 

“It's deemed to be suspicious – there's been a series of fires there.”

Anyone with information about the incident can call (03) 5723 0888 or 1800 333 000.