A SHOCKED mother says arsonists could have caused two deaths after torching her car.
Krystal Ord was forced to wake her sleeping six-year-old son, Ellis Watson, after her car was set ablaze on the drive of her home in the late-night attack.
Luckily, firefighters were quick to arrive and put out the flames.
However, Miss Ord said had she not quickly discovered the fire, they could have been left trapped in their home in Fox Avenue, Simonside, South Shields, and possibly killed.
The arson attack on her black Vauxhall Astra happened at about 11.30pm on Monday.
Miss Ord, 29, said: “The first I knew was when I heard an explosion. When I saw the flames, I ran and woke Ellis up.
“Luckily, the fire brigade were quick to arrive and put out the flames, but they’ve said five minutes more and it could have been a lot more serious.
“The car was on the drive and if the fire had taken hold, there would have been no way out for me and Ellis.
“Our stairs lead straight to the front door and out onto the drive.
“Even if we managed to get out the back, we would have still had to pass the front door.
“I don’t like to think about what could have happened. It has left my son in a state – he’s so scared he won’t sleep at night.
“He’s terrified they are going to come back and do it again.”
CCTV footage of the attack has been handed to police as part of an ongoing investigation into the arson attack.
A reward of up to £1,000 has now also been put up for information leading to the conviction of those responsible, by a Hebburn contractor left disgusted after hearing of what happened.
Miss Ord, who works as a carer, added: “I really don’t know why anyone would want to do this.
“It’s not so much the car, it’s the fact what they did put my little boy’s life at risk.”
It is thought one of the arsonists may have suffered a burn to his arm after setting the car on fire.
Neighbourhood Inspector Peter Sutton said: “Investigations are still continuing to trace the persons responsible, and I would appeal to anyone with information to come forward.
“This could have been a lot more serious than damage to a car.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.