A MAN locked in a cell when his flat was set on fire has spoken of the devastation caused by the blaze.
Jason Jones of Y Wern, Caia Park, lost most of his possessions in the inferno which is being treated as arson by police.
He has been told by Wrexham Council that he’ll be unable to return to his flat until 2014 due to the damage, meaning he’ll be spending Christmas in temporary accommodation.
Mr Jones, 34, was arrested for a breach of the peace hours before the fire started and was sitting in a cell when officers told him the news that a blaze had broken out at his home.
The incident, shortly after midnight on Friday, September 27, destroyed the flat interior.
Police confirmed they were treating the fire as arson but added they were yet to arrest anyone in connection with the incident.
“I’d been having a few drinks on Thursday evening and I ended up shouting through the window of my partner’s house.
“The police came around and arrested me at around 7.25pm for a breach of the peace – which they were within their rights to do. I was put in a cell and I didn’t hear from anyone until just after midnight when they heard about the fire.
“The bedroom is burnt out. All my clothes were in the room and many of my possessions have been ruined. It’s devastating.“I’ve not been able to get into the flat as it is unsafe to enter.
“Now I’ve been told I’ll be spending Christmas in temporary accommodation - I’m gutted.”
Mr Jones was not charged following his arrest.
A police spokesman said an investigation into the fire was ongoing and they would not be making any comment until they had charged anyone with the offence.
A second Y Wern resident, Andrew Rogerson, whose flat was badly damaged as a result of the fire, said he was unimpressed with the state of the flat when the Wrexham Council officials told him he could move back in.
He said: “We were told by the council that repairs would be made immediately.
However, when we moved back in the shattered glass from the blaze was still on the floor and our bedroom floor is soaking to we can’t sleep in there at night.
“The carpet is just black and the ceilings are ruined. We are paying the consequences for a fire which has been started deliberately.”
Mr Rogerson, 32, and his partner, Rebecca Addis, 24, have since been sleeping in their front room and Mr Rogerson is worried the insurance excess he is being expected to pay out will mean he can’t treat his daughter on her birthday.
“If I have to pay out the excess to the insurers, then I won’t have enough money to take my daughter out on her birthday”, he said.
A Wrexham Council spokesman said: “There are some outstanding repairs to this property which will be undertaken as soon as possible.”