Sheffield dad’s home petrol bombed – and he knows who did it
Written by Rother Radio News on 10/11/2020
A retired pub landlord and dad-of-three has offered up a £10,000 reward for the yob who petrol bombed his car and destroyed part of his home in a shocking attack.
Chris Durrans was asleep in bed at 1.30am on Saturday, November 7, when he heard a “boom” and saw a flashing orange light outside his home in Grenoside, Sheffield.
“It woke me up and I looked out of the window and saw my car on fire,” the 58-year-old said.
“I woke my wife up and we just had to get outside and run away from the premises because I could see it was very fierce.
“We couldn’t get out of the front door so we had to go the back way to come back round to the front and I would say within 30 seconds the fire had spread onto the house.”
The car, which was parked in the driveway of their home in Vicarage Road has been completely written off and new windows are needed at the front of the house.
The blaze also caused a considerable amount of smoke damage to the property and Mr Durrans admits it was “the most frightening I’ve seen in my life”.
Mr Durrans and his wife Debby, also 58, who are known in Grenoside for running The Angel pub in Main Street, are now trying to rebuild their home and their lives after the fire.
Mr Durrans says he has no enemies – but believes he knows the person behind the sickening attack.
“I do know who is behind it,” he said. “We are very wll known in the local area and I can assure you never in my life have we had enemies – only friends and I know I’m well respected in the local community.”
Police are treating the fire as an arson attack and Mr Durrans said he is offering a £10,000 reward for information on the attacker.
He also had this message for the perpetrator.
“I certainly won’t be doing anything stupid whatsoever but for your own safety, just hand yourself in,” Mr Durrans said.
“I can’t control what others do and to stop any retaliation just hand yourself in.”
A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Police said: “Police are investigating a suspected arson in Sheffield.
“Emergency services were called at around 1.50am on Saturday, November 7, following reports of a fire on Vicarage Road, Grenoside.
“It is understood that persons unknown set fire to a car parked outside a property on Vicarage Road, before the fire spread to the house.
“Nobody was injured during the incident and enquiries are ongoing.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 76 of November 7.