A fundraiser to replace thousands of pounds worth of tools destroyed when an East Kilbride joiner’s van was firebombed has been launched.
Police have confirmed they are treating the terrifying attack outside a Greenhills house last Monday shortly after 6pm as wilful fire raising and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
The devastated family, who say they have lost their main source of income just weeks before Christmas told how their children were scared to go home after the blaze.
And the charity volunteer mum, who suffered a seizure due to stress, believes the family was targeted outside their home in Turnberry Place.
The mum-of-four has started an appeal on JustGiving which has raised just over £300 but is looking to raise £5000.
She wrote: “Someone personally targeted my partner’s work van and set it on fire.
“Hours later we were able to gain access to the back of the van with police as witnesses to remove anything we could from the fire.
“Not even half of my partner’s DeWalt tools were salvageable and still working.
“Everything in the van was our livelihood....for him working self employed as a finishing joiner.
“Because of the fire, the tools are either burnt or broken from excessive smoke and fire damage.
“I am the home maker that looks after the home and our four boys.
“His income is what paid rent, bills, shopping and Christmas and we don’t have the funding to cover the cost of replacing the tools as we didn’t have insurance for them.”
She said her partner can get another van thanks to his work but what’s more important are his tools to be able do jobs to the standard required.
“This has devastated us all and any extra penny we had/have is going towards tool replacing,” she went on.
“I am reaching out for any help and anything you can donate towards replacing tools that are gone.”
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She added: “My partner has spent the best past of eight/nine years building up his tool set to do more precise jobs where the customer is always left happy and satisfied. He has lost almost everything.”
The mum added: “I want to thank everyone that has reached out already and from our local community and for offering help towards him getting back on his feet.”
East Kilbride Inspector Stephen McGovern said “enquiries were ongoing”
But he added: “Given this happened at six o’clock at night I would imagine there were people around and we would be very keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed anything by contacting us on 101 quoting reference 267616 of November 16.”
To donate to the appeal to replace the tools go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/toolreplacement
A fire, however, in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Viking Terrace in Whitehills which saw a van go up in flames and then spread to three other vehicles is not being treated as suspicious and is believed to be due to an electrical fault.