Mum devastated after arson attack on her Portchester flat
A MUM has revealed her devastation after an arson attack on herÂ flatÂ in Portchester which left residents in the block runningÂ for their lives.Â Â
Chantelle Deeley, 23, who was at work whenÂ the fire started inÂ Ribble Gardens atÂ aroundÂ 7am on Monday,Â has revealed she isÂ '˜totally puzzled' why anyone would break in andÂ torch her home.
The mum, who lived at the flat with her four-year-old son, admitted she was fortunateÂ she was not there at the time.
'˜I feel lucky we were not there. If we'd been inside at the time then we may not be here now,' she said.
'˜I feel numb this has happened and don't understand why anyone would do this to me. I don't know if it is random or what. It puzzles me.
'˜My cats were inside at the time but fortunately have survived. It's horrible to think about it all. I won't be going back to live there after this. I've lost everything that was in there '“Â it's totally ruined.'
Neighbours who were in the block at the time haveÂ revealed how they were woken to desperateÂ screams of '˜get out' before the emergency services turned up.
Penny Tripe, 21, who lives in one of the upstairs flats with her boyfriend Ashley Sadler, said: '˜It was really scary. We were woken by one of the neighboursÂ banging on our door and screamingÂ 'get out there's a fire'.Â
'˜My partner and myself just grabbed our two-year-old son who only had his nappy onÂ and gotÂ out as soon as possible.
'˜I then called 999 while Ashley ran downstairs and got into the flat through the patio doors to see if anyone was inside, but fortunatelyÂ there wasn't anyone in there.Â
Craig Bailey, 39, who cares for his disabled wife Niki, added: '˜It was all going up in flames '“Â we were panicking thinking we may not be able to get out.Â
'˜We didn't hear the alarm as it was only in their flat.
'˜If it wasn't for one of the residents screaming at us to get out,Â then I don't know what would have happened.'Â
Police are keen to speak to peopleÂ who saw anyoneÂ acting suspiciously.
CallÂ 101Â quoting 44180297357 if you have any information.Â '‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹