A DISABLED grandmother has spoken of her anger after arsonists set fire to the old mobility scooter she had left outside her bungalow.
Elizabeth Williams, 53, was just feet away from her living room window when it was blown in by the blaze, on Cherry Nook Road in Deighton.
“Whoever set the scooter on fire doesn’t realise how much damage they’ve done or how they could have killed someone. I’m upset and mad about this,” she said yesterday.
Elizabeth, who lives alone, noticed something was wrong at 9pm on Thursday.
She said: “I was sat in the kitchen when I heard what I thought was a knock on the window. When I opened the door I saw the flames and then the living room window blew in. I was only a few feet away.”
Elizabeth, who has arthritis in her hips and spine as well as thrombosis, managed to make it out of the house. A passerby walking his dog told her he had called the fire service.
It was a lucky escape. Elizabeth said: “Kirklees Council only put a path in last month. If it hadn’t been there I would have had to jump off the wall on to the street.”
Elizabeth saw that someone had set alight the old mobility scooter and wardrobe which she had left outside her home.
She said: “The scooter had been there a month and I put the wardrobe out the day before Bonfire Night hoping someone might take it.”
Elizabeth called Kirklees on November 6 asking them to remove the scooter and wardrobe. She said: “They told me it could take up to three weeks to remove them which is a long time, because things like this happen.”
As well as blowing in the living room window, the fire also badly damaged the window sill and the front door. The living room was damaged by smoke in the blaze.
Elizabeth said: “I only finished redecorating on Monday and now I’ll have to start again.”
Kirklees has told Elizabeth it will take three weeks to replace the window and door. She said: “It seems a long time.”
Elizabeth, who has three children and six grandchildren, has lived on Cherry Nook Road for eight years. She said: “I’ve never had any trouble whatsoever.”
Elizabeth added: “I’m still alive and that’s the main thing.”
A Kirklees spokeswoman said yesterday that unwanted items were usually collected within 10 days.
She said: “Collection times vary dependent on the level of demand and the resources available.
“In most cases collections will take place within 10 working days and residents should ensure the items are available from the time they make the request.”
Anyone with information about the fire can call Huddersfield police on 0845 60 60 606 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.