Couple's home arson ordeal
QUICK thinking saved the lives of Alice Challenor and her wheelchair-bound husband Ernie after an arson attack early yesterday morning.
Mrs Challenor was getting ready for bed just after midnight yesterday when she was alerted by the smell of smoke coming from the back of her North Rock- hampton house.
Through a back window she could see a wall of flames threat- ening to engulf the area around her back steps.
"It was scary, there was smoke all through here. "I panicked,'' Mrs Challenor said.
She ran to the kitchen sink, filled a bucket of water and threw it through the window to douse the flames.
The Challenors' Higson Street residence was one of two in the neighbourhood to fall victim to a suspected arson attack yesterday morning.
It is believed the perpetrators set fire to a Canovan Street resi- dence, a few houses away, just minutes after attacking the Chal- lenors' house.
But while the attack left her feeling shaken, Mrs Challenor said the outcome could have been even more serious.
"If I'd gone to bed early it could have been a lot worse.'' Investigating officer Detective Senior Constable Sue Wakerley, of Rockhampton CIB, agreed the fire could have ended in tragedy for Mr and Mrs Challenor.
"He was in a wheelchair. An- other 10 minutes and we wouldn't have been able to get him out,'' she said.
Senior Constable Wakerley called on anyone with informa- tion relating to the attacks to con- tact Rockhampton CIB on 4932 1518.