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Caia Park teen saves family in house blaze

Published date: 14 April 2014 |
Published by: Nathan Rowden and Rory Sheehan
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A TEENAGER has been labelled a hero after he saved his family from an inferno which ripped through their house.

Seventeen-year-old Connor Spruce was on his way home when he saw flames tearing through the house on Pentre Gwyn, Caia Park, in the early hours of Friday morning.

Connor lives at the house with his father, Rob Spruce, mother, Donna Wyman, and younger brother, Jordan Spruce, 10.

Connor said: “I was walking back and could see the flames. I ran in and when I got to the stairs the flames were coming through the window.

“Everyone in the house was sleeping so I woke them up first. Then started banging on the doors waking the neighbours up.”

Rob Spruce, 53, said: “Connor came running in and shouting. We were all asleep.

“What I can remember is seeing flames and lots of black smoke.

“We were very lucky Connor woke us up it could of been so much worse, especially when you think about the young boy.

“He really did save our lives. He is an absolute hero.”

Other houses on the row of terraces were evacuated, and nearby residents have spoken of their relief that everybody was safe.

Kath Lovell, who lives in Pentre Gwyn across the road from the property that went up in flames, said: “I was coming home from the hospital at 1am when I saw the fire brigade dealing with the blaze.

“It had obviously gone up like a bottle of pop.

“Everyone was out watching it. It’s amazing no-one was hurt, and I’m glad to hear the dogs were also safe.”

Tracy Jones, who also lives across the road in Pentre Gwyn, and is the daughter of one of the neighbours, said when she saw what was happening, she rushed out to help her parents from their home and any items in the property she worried could have caused the fire to engulf it as well.

She said: “Once I saw what was happening next door I made sure they got out of there.

“My dad has oxygen tanks at the back of the house and we had to get those out as well. It could have been much, much worse for their house if the fire had reached the oxygen.

“There is water, electrical and smoke damage and the windows have cracked at the back.

“I don’t care about any of that though.

“I’m just relieved everyone is all right. They are really, really lucky.”

An investigation into how the fire started is ongoing and a police forensics team examined the property throughout the morning.

A North Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokesman confirmed three crews attended the incident just after midnight to try to stop the fire spreading.

“We were called out at 12.12am,” the spokesman said.

“There were no casualties or injuries but 100 per cent fire damage was caused.

“Equipment used included breathing apparatus, three hose reels, two main jets, a thermal imaging camera and a triple extension ladder.

“Firefighters left the scene at 3.42am and three electrical appliances are currently being tested.

“An investigation is currently under way.”

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