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Gardai investigate suspected arson attack on home of young family

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Gardaí are investigating a suspected arson attack in Cork on the home of a young family.

The incident occurred in the early hours of this morning and left a young mother and her teenage daughter deeply shocked.

The attack occurred at a housing estate in Midleton in east Cork.

No-one was injured in the incident which resulted in minor scorch damage to the property.

An object was thrown through a front window of the house and a window frame and blind was scorched.

The fire was extinguished almost immediately.

Neighbours and Midleton Fire Brigade units attended the scene but it is understood that no major structural damage was caused.

However, the occupants were deeply upset at the incident.

Gardai are now investigating the matter.

It is unclear what was involved in the attack but one theory being examined is that the incident was a result of a case of mistaken identity with the attacker confusing the property with another in the area.