Arsonists torch building material in Penley

Published date: 08 November 2012 |
Published by: Garth ApThomas
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Senior site manager Tom Hotchkiss with the damage 

ARSONISTS destroyed a container storing building materials at a housing development.

Firefighters from Wrexham and Ellesmere were called to the blaze at the Penmere Park site in Penley at about 2.55am yesterday.

An eyewitness said the flames reached 18ft in the air.

Penmere Park is a Morris Homes development which has won a number of awards from the National House Building Council.

Senior site manager Tim Hotchkiss says all the construction workers are determined to keep on working hard and continue building the homes.

“I have been here since 2006 and never known anything like it,” he said.

“The first I knew about the fire was when I came into work this morning. It was a horrible feeling seeing what had happened.

“We store building materials in the container.

“This fire is not going to affect our schedule. We are in the fifth and final phase of the development. I have no idea why this fire has taken place. Penmere Park is very popular within the community.”

It is not yet known the value of the material destroyed.

A resident who lives nearby but did not want to be named said he was woken up by a neighbour who had seen the fire.

“The flames were really high, about 18ft,” he said.

“The fire service was here pretty quickly and did a good job. They managed to deal with it in a short space of time.”

A spokeswoman for North Wales Fire Service said blaze was started deliberately.
Anyone with information can call North Wales Police on 101.

Firefighters from Wrexham attended a rubbish fire in Castle Road, Coedpoeth, at 8.50pm on Tuesday.

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