Police in Derry are appealing for information after a suspicious fire in Temple Park in Galliagh in the early hours of Friday morning.
Selena Doherty was asleep in bed when the fire broke out in her back garden.
“To be honest with you I am still shaking - I am lucky to be alive today.
“The fire fighters said that had it not been for my neighbour who raised the alarm the fire would have spread to the house within five minutes. We could have all been killed.”
The fire then spread next door to Denise Wilson’s back garden.
“I woke up and saw the fire and couldn’t find my son. I ran to the back of the house and he was fighting the fire. We managed to rescue our two dogs but one of them is fighting for its life in the vets.”
Speaking at the scene, Sinn Fein councillor, Tony Hassan, described the incident as ‘catastrophic’.
“I can’t believe that no one was seriously injured or worse as a result of this fire.
“It’s catastrophic and I would appeal to anyone with information to give it to the police.”
Commenting on the incident Detective Sergeant Alan Adair said, “Police received a report at approximately 2.40am on Friday morning of a fire having been started in the back garden of a house in the Temple Park area. As a result of this fire a wooden cabin to the rear of the house was completely destroyed. Windows in both the house and the neighbouring house were damaged by the heat.”
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service attended the fire also.
Detective Sergeant Adair continued: “Detectives would ask anyone who was in the area between 2.15am and 2.45am to inform police of anything they saw, or indeed anyone who has any information is also asked to contact them at Strand Road on the non emergency number 101. Of, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Video footage of the fire to follow soon.