CAIA Park residents are living in fear of car fire attacks.
That is the view of Caia Park community councillor Keith Gregory following two cases of car arson on the estate this week.
Community leaders believe it is only a matter of time before someone is injured or worse.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning a family of six – including a seven-week-old baby boy – had to flee from their Bryn Hafod home after arsonists set fire to their car.
At the second blaze, close by in Gwenfro, a heroic father of two had to pour pans of water over the flaming bonnet of his burning Astra as he feared it might explode.
Cllr Gregory said: “The fires here are just madness.
“People in Caia Park are in fear.
“We are going to have to look out for each other and be more vigilant because the police can’t be everywhere.”
Fellow councillor Colin Powell said everyone on the estate recognises there is an issue with deliberate car fires in the area.
He said: “There have to be concerns that at some point if this continues someone is going to get badly hurt or injured.
“It is a really silly and foolish crime.
“While individuals may think it’s only a car, which is insured, if someone gets hurt or worse, would you want that on your hands for the rest of your life?”
Statistics from North Wales Fire and Rescue show that over the past three years, deliberate car fires between January 1 and August 20 have doubled.
In Caia Park in 2011 there were four incidents of deliberate car fires. This figure rose to seven in 2012 and this year there have been nine incidents.
There is a pattern of deliberate car fires rising in the summer months with more instances occurring in June, July and August.
Deliberate car fires as a whole in Wrexham have dropped over three years between January and August from 54 in 2011 to 47 this year.
Cllr Powell said: “People are frustrated with the ongoing increase but the various agencies are working hard and arranging initiatives to prevent this and get prosecutions.
“Most agencies have an idea of who is doing this but it is getting the proof to convict.”
Kevin Jones, North Wales Fire and Rescue’s arson reduction manager, says the service is working to get prosecutions for recent fires.
He said: “This type of criminal behaviour puts not only the lives of those carrying out the activity at risk but also the lives of firefighters attempting to extinguish the fire as well as any members of the public who may attempt to tackle such a fire.
“We are working closely with local policing teams to combat deliberate firestarting – arson is a serious crime and in conjunction with North Wales Police we will pursue prosecutions.”
Anyone with information in relation to deliberate firestarters is urged to contact North Wales Police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.