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RAC man is hero of cop blaze.

A vigilant RAC man emerged yesterday as the hero who tackled a mysterious firebombing at a policeman's home.

The patrolman was passing the PC's house in Paisley when he saw flames erupt inside the front door.

He leapt out of his van, grabbed a fire extinguisher and managed to put out the blaze. The policeman, his wife and daughter all escaped unhurt.

It's still not known why the Maryhill-based policeman, who has served more than 20 years, was targeted.

But it's believed a local drugs gang may have picked the victim at random after discovering his address.

Strathclyde Police said the attack at 11pm on Thursday was being treated as wilful fire-raising but that there was still no clear motive.

Officers have quizzed the RAC man, who may hold vital clues to help trap the culprit.

An RAC spokesman said: "We're full of praise for what the patrolman did. He reacted very quickly to a serious incident. It's something any of our patrols would do."
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Date:Jun 22, 1996
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