Wrexham man's plea to end arson madness

Published date: 28 March 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A MAN who suffered 78 per cent burns in his teens has urged arsonists to stop and think about the possible consequences of their actions after the latest Wrexham car fire.

A car was set ablaze on Queensway at Caia Park shortly after 11pm on Wednesday.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service confirmed it was an act of arson.

The car was completely destroyed in the fire.

Keith Jones, who lives close to where the car was destroyed on Meadow Lea, was badly burned when he was set on fire with petrol by three other boys at the age of 15.

He watched from his house on Wednesday night as fire crews tackled the flames and has urged arsonists to think about what could happen if someone gets injured as a result of their actions.

Mr Jones, 39, said: “People need to think about what could happen. I could see the flames and someone could so easily have been hurt.

“Fires can get out of control quickly, and it doesn’t take much for someone to get badly injured.

“I just think that if my wife or eight-year-old son – or any other kids – were walking past at the time and it went boom then it could seriously injure them or worse.

“When I was burned the pain was excruciating and it was one of the most painful experiences of my life.

“I was in hospital for over a year and it would take up to six hours each day to change all of my dressings and the pain was just unbelievable, I will never forget it.”

Mr Jones suffered 78 per cent burns and the only part of his body not burned was his legs.

He lost all the fingers on his left hand and the tops of his fingers on his right hand.

He had serious burns to his neck, chest, back and face, losing one of his ears.

“I was very lucky, I shouldn’t be here really,” he said.

“I did actually die once as well and had to be resuscitated.

“But knowing what I went through, it’s unbelievable for me to think that people can be so reckless to go and burn cars out on purpose.

“These people don’t realise what it is like to be burned and if they had been through what I had gone through, just for one minute, then they would think twice about setting things on fire.

“I’ve learned to live with my burns, but would they be able to live with themselves if someone was badly burned as a result of their actions?”

No prosecuations were ever brought in Mr Jones’ case because he was unable to identify who had attacked him.

North Wales Police are investigating the CaiaPark arson on Wednesday night and are asking for anyone with any information about the fire to call them on 101 using the crime reference R044538.

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