"You could smell the plastic burning."
Those are the words of Paige Palmer who has been left concerned for her family's safety after their bin was set alight.
It was about 10.30pm on Friday night in Winter Street and Paige had just gotten her 10-month-old daughter to sleep. She was drifting off herself when she heard a loud knock on her door.
"You start questioning who is here because it's so late," she said.
"There's also been those invasions around here, so I clicked the door camera and saw that it was the neighbour and you can tell the difference between 'I want to come in' and 'there's something happening, we need you'."
So she opened the door only to be told her bin around the side of the house was on fire.
"It was down next to our gas main, our electricity box, where we've always had it," she added.
"My partner's car was right there. Luckily, the neighbours next door, her brothers were over and they were putting it out. I've said I need to go wake my partner up and then they've yelled there was a second bin on fire a couple houses down from us."
And while having to get a new bin is an inconvenience, it's the mere thought that someone could be so reckless with the lives of strangers that will last in Paige's mind.
"To be quite honest, it was very scary," she added.
"If nobody had notified us, what would've been the outcome, how much damage to our house would it have caused?
"We're not young, but late twenties, with a child, you start thinking of her. What would've happened to the house?
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"We've just spent all this time in hospital, we don't have the money to be fixing things. So everything goes through your head and it's quite confronting that somebody out there would do something like that next to somebody's house where a family lives."
The incident was reported to police that night, who came out on Saturday morning to collect details.
Orange Police confirmed that they are investigating the fire and interviewing neighbours as a result.
Police asked that anyone with information contact them on 63636399.
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