The general manager of Celtic football club thanked the fans for their support and well-wishes after he and his family were forced to flee their home in Thorntonhall, south Lanarkshire, following an arson attack.
Police in Scotland are treating the fire deliberately after CCTV showed it pouring accelerator into three cars around 1am on Wednesday, after the fire spread to the detached two-story property.
While no injuries were reported, Peter Lawwell's daughter and four-month-old granddaughter were in their accommodation above the garage when the fire broke out.
In the club's statement on Thursday afternoon, Lawwell said: "This has been a devastating attack on myself and my family, and the effects will be on all of us for a long time to come.
“I am of course extremely relieved that everyone is safe. I would like to thank my wife and family for their support and strength and courage during such a difficult time.
“Naturally, my family was deeply affected by these events. This is a very difficult time, but we will make sure that we stay strong and get through this together. ”
Lawwell thanked the fire department and Police Scotland for their support and professionalism. Celtic board and staff.
He added: “As a family, we have received literally thousands of messages of support from Celtic fans and people from the wider global football family. This has brought us great comfort and we all express our sincere thanks for the interest and support people have shown. ”
Lawwell reiterated the police call for witnesses and asked anyone with information to come forward.
On Wednesday, police released the description of a slender male suspect, who was about 5 feet 10 inches. He was wearing black jogging pants, a black hooded sweater with a hood, black sneakers, and a face mask. A silver or gray hatchback was seen near the house at the time of the fire.