Coronation Street viewers are threatening to boycott the ITV soap.
Fans blasted the series as “sick” and “irresponsible” after scenes aired on Monday night showing Chesney Brown and Gemma Winter’s house being targeted by an arsonist – whilst their quadruplets slept inside.
Corrie viewers raged at the shocking moment that a flaming rag soaked in lighter fluid was pushed through the letterbox was aired.
One fan exclaimed: “The story line in Coronation Street STINKS. Fancy putting an inflamable through a letterbox. All that does is give other crazy b****** ideas.”
Another angered watcher tweeted: “@Ofcom @ITV @itvcorrieI really didn’t like seeing someone pouring flammable stuff through a letterbox and setting fire to it when teens And kids are watching. What the hell has coronation street become?”
“Can’t continue watching tonight #coronationstreet . A story line too far for me sorry !
@itvcorrie” and “How sick does coronation street get setting fire to a house with four babies in and mum a sleep has it reached it lowest point”, contributed others.
More fumed: “There is no way something like that (setting a fire), should have be shown. At least not before the watershed. I know it’s only a soap – but that is crazy production planning.. #coronationstreet” and “‘How to start a fire for beginners’ on #coronationstreet was totally irresponsible. @itvcorrie.”
As the scenes unfolded, an irritated watcher penned: “If what I have read in reports is actually going to happen I will not be watching anymore. The lowest of the low #corrie #coronationstreet.”
Monday’s episode saw new parents Chesney and Gemma struggle with juggling their four little ones.
Gemma was in need of some rest and Chesney instructed her to have a nap whilst he headed out to the shops.
After Chesney left their home, exhausted Gemma took a kip with the quadruplets- Bryn, Cleo, Carys and Aled – in the bedroom beside her.
Viewers then saw the letterbox swing open as the flames were pushed inside and rapidly spread throughout the house causing the babies to cough and splutter as smoke engulfed the place.
In the second episode of the night viewers saw Chesney return home to see flames licking up the front door.
As he shouted for help Abi Franklin spotted the commotion across the road and rushed to help with a extinguisher in tow.
Gemma made her way downstairs after being woken by Chesney’s shouting just as Abi successfully stoped the fire.
As the fire brigade and ambulance arrived on the street and the babies were taken to hospital.
Before they left Chesney and Gemma noticed that someone has written peado on their front windo.
Later at the hospital Chesney lashed out at Gemma’s mum Bernie for being a vigilante and blamed her for bringing trouble to their door after she lured Kel to the park by pretending to be a 14-year-old boy.
*Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV at 7.30pm and 8.30pm