Family living in fear after terrifying arson attack

Published date: 25 April 2014 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall 
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A 16-YEAR-OLD boy with special needs has been left traumatised following an arson attack at his home.

The family were all left in shock when they discovered flames billowing from their back garden after the hedge was deliberately set alight at about 8.30pm on Wednesday.

The fire set the shed alight and also burnt a fence on a neighbouring property.

Samantha Harris lives at the house on Mold Road, Connah’s Quay, with her two children, Daniel Hodson 16, who has learning difficulties, and 13-year-old Abbie Hodson, along with her husband Mark Harris.

She described the blaze as being a “scary” experience.

Mr Harris said he feared it could have been a lot worse – but added the fire was traumatic for Daniel.

“Daniel has always been worried about fire,” he said.

“There is also a worry that they are going to come back.

“We were all concerned about it really. The whole neighbourhood was. You don’t expect something like that to happen. I was just in shock.

“If the wind had been blowing the other way, it would have been horrendous. The house could have caught fire.”

The blaze was started in a hedge at the back of the property and spread to the shed and a neighbouring garden fence.

Mother-of-three Kerry Williams, 33, who lives in the property behind, said she was warned by neighbours to get out of her house.

“All I heard was screaming,” she said.

“The flames were huge. There was ash flying everywhere.

“It was horrible. Two of my children had to sleep in my room that night because they were petrified.”

Mr Harris believes it could have been a lot worse, and has praised the quick response from the fire service and the passer-by who alerted them to the fire.

One crew from Deeside attended the blaze and officers have since put up an Arson Reduction Board in the area appealing for information.

Police have also been informed and are appealing for witnesses.

Anyone with information can call North Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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