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Wedding row led to house firebombing'.

Byline: By JIMMY CUNNINGHAM

A WEDDING row may have led to the near-fatal firebombing of a family home, the Irish Daily Mirror can reveal.

The shocking incident happened at Darren McKinary's home at Prospect in Limerick city over the weekend.

He and his partner Karen had been at a friend's wedding when their Byrne Avenue home was attacked.

It has now emerged that the young babysitter saved the lives of their nine-month-old baby and 15-year-old daughter.

The couple raced back from the reception to find their dream home in flames and their children being treated by emergency services.

Gardai are probing whether two men refused entry to the party may have targeted the house.

A Garda source said: "This is one of a number of lines of inquiry."

Neighbours awoke to the sound of screams and phoned the emergency services.

Gardai are treating the firebombing as attempted murder and have appealed for witnesses.

It is understood that at least three firebombs were thrown into the house. They caused fierce blazes in the kitchen and sitting room and turned the house into an inferno within minutes.

The property had been completely revamped in recent months.

Mr McKinary, a haulier with Limerick Freight, is well-respected in the community and his job.

Neighbour Sean O'Neill said: "The gardai have to stop this type of attack which is becoming more and more frequent.

"This is a callous attack on a young family and those who committed this act have no respect for human life."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 30, 2007
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