Fire fighters had to drag a man to safety and four people were rushed to hospital after a late night petrol bomb attack on a house in Scarlet Crescent in Drogheda on Sunday.

Horrified eyewitnesses told Meath how there were four people in the property when the arsonists launched their missile.

One said, ‘ We heard the explosion around half twelve last night and rushed outside where we could see three men scrambling out of the house and they were screaming that there was someone still inside.

‘The fire brigade got there very quickly and some of them went in and took a man to safety, it is not clear whether the man was overcome with smoke fumes or just didn’t wake up but he was one lucky guy.

‘It seems the bomb didn’t ignite fully but it was still thrown with deadly intent.’

It is not known if the incident is related to the long running Drogheda drugs feud.

A Garda investigation is underway following a petrol bomb attack in Drogheda.

A spokesman said, ‘A property in the Scarlet Crescent area was targeted around 12.30am.

‘Four people were in the building at the time.

‘All but one of the occupants managed to get out safely, but one man had to be removed from the house by fire fighters.

‘All four were taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation. ‘

‘ The scene has been preserved for a technical examination.

‘No arrests have been made at this time and investigations are ongoing.

‘Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information about the incident to contact Drogheda Garda Station on 041 9874200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.’