Garden City man homeless after arsonist set caravan ablaze with dog inside

Published date: 06 January 2014 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall 
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A 22-YEAR-old man is homeless after his caravan was torched in a ruthless arson attack

Nathan Challoner, of Sealand Avenue, Garden City, said he has “lost his home” as a result of the blaze – which police confirmed was started deliberately.

The fire left his mobile home little more than than a a pile of ash and debris.

North Wales Police are now investigating.

Mr Challoner said his beloved dog Sonny is lucky to be alive as the pet was inside the caravan as it was set alight at about 7am on New Year’s Day.

He went out to celebrate New Year’s Eve and was in shock when he returned home at about 8am and made the discovery.

He said it was a friend who told him about the fire – adding he thought it was just a prank at first.

“When I got there I saw my dog Sonny was covered head-to-toe in black soot,” he said.

“I wasn’t that bothered about the caravan at first – I was more bothered that the dog was inside.”

As a result of the fire, Mr Challoner has been left homeless.

The caravan was located outside two flats which were also damaged due to the ferocity of the flames.

Debra Knott, 41, who lives in the ground floor flat with Darren Burne, said she was taken to Deeside Hospital after suffering with smoke inhalation.

Mr Burne, 38, who is currently putting up Mr Challoner, said he was awake at the time the fire was started.

“The fire alarm started to go off,” he said.

“When I walked in the hall, I could see a glow from outside.”

He added: “It’s a good job it was New Year’s Day because we were sitting up – otherwise we’d have been asleep and it could have been a lot worse.”

The front door to the upstairs flat was also destroyed by the flames, as well as windows which were smashed on Mr Burne’s property due to the heat.

He also said that his neighbour, who lives in the upstairs flat, was “hanging out of the front window” at one stage but he was unsure how he escaped the flat.

North Wales Police are investigating the matter and are now appealing for witnesses.  A police spokesman said: “The incident happened at an address in Sealand Avenue around 7am on New Year’s Day. We’re investigating.”

Anyone with information is being urged to contact police on 101.

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  1. Posted by: sandrobe2001 at 18:26 on 06 January 2014 Report

    If and when these 'b******s' are caught, I would imagine, they'll be sentenced to prison, or at least I hope they will and I hope they're given HELL.

  2. Posted by: sheefag at 18:33 on 06 January 2014 Report

    Bearing in mind that this and the Wrexham area have been suffering from a epidemic of arson for some years, precisely how many arsonists have been caught and put before the courts? 1? 2? None?

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