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Gardaí in Drogheda, Co Louth are investigating whether a fire at a family home last night was started by a petrol bomb.

A woman (30) and her three young children had to jump to safety from a bedroom window.

All four are believed to be uninjured but shocked by their experience.

The scene has been preserved and will be examined by Garda forensic experts.

Indications are that it is not linked to the gangland feud.

The fire brigade was called by local people who saw flames coming from the door of the semi detached house in St Laurence’s Park at approximately 9.40pm.

Drogheda fire service responded and extinguished the blaze.

It is believed that the family had only moved there in the last month. The children are all understood to be primary school age.

Gardaí say the cause of the fire is under investigation and will examine whether an item with some form of an accelerant was used to start the fire; damage was caused to the door and porch.

Flames were first seen coming from the front door , which is at the side of the three bedroom house, and when neighbours rushed to see if they could help, they saw the woman and the three boys jumping from a first floor bedroom window.

An ambulance also responded and paramedics checked out the family. It is understood nobody was seriously injured.

Gardaí sealed off the house and they are appealing for witnesses to contact them at Drogheda Garda Station on (041) 9874200 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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