Suicide attempt arsonist jailed

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A man who completely destroyed the front of his home by setting it alight in a suicide attempt has been jailed for four years.

David Donohoe managed to escape his burning house on Hill Street, Blackpool, but a dog perished in the blaze of February 5.

Preston Crown Court heard today that a family of five next door, who were forced to flee their home after awaking to the blaze, ended up having to borrow money to replace items they lost in the blaze.

And the whole experience had been particularly upsetting for the children.

59-year-old Donohoe had pleaded guilty to a charge of arson being reckless where life would be endangered.

The fire in the early hours of February 5 this year blew the windows out of the defendant’s home.

The next door neighbour was woken by his partner smelling something like burning plastic.

The night before Donohoe and his wife had argued and she went to stay at a friend’s for a few hours.

His lawyer said he had feared she was going to divorce him.

He felt unable to cope on his own and just wanted to commit suicide.