New homes demolished after spate of arson attacks


Owen Evans

A SPATE of arson attacks have taken place in the last month.

A total of 22 deliberate fires have been started in Flintshire in April – including two serious house blazes.

On Friday, April 18, a row of houses in Greenfield were set alight, and on Monday this week deliberately-lit rubbish caused a fire which spread to a nearby flat.

Under-construction houses had to be demolished, due to the extent of the damage.

Firefighters have appealed to residents to help them tackle the scourge of firestarters in the county.

Gwyn Jones, community safety team leader for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service in Wrexham and Flintshire, said: “Any deliberate fire is a drain on vital resources and these latest incidents highlight the dangers of deliberate fire setting and the how lives can be threatened by the actions of others.

“We are constantly working with our partner agencies to reduce these incidents but we still rely on parents and members of the community to work with us to drive home the messages of the consequences.

“So we are appealing to the community to help ensure that the number of deliberate fires is kept to a minimum.

“I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to parents to be aware of the whereabouts of their children and impress upon them the message that deliberate fires endanger lives.”

The majority of deliberate fires that took place in the last month were either grass or general rubbish fires.

But the fire on Good Friday on Greenfield Road destroyed one home under construction and caused severe damage to another by radiated heat.

The homes had to be destroyed because of the extent of the damage.
On Monday, a flat on Connah’s Quay High Street caught fire after rubbish was set alight – but luckily nobody was in the property.

Tennants in the flat above were affected by the blaze.

In another arson blaze on Wednesday, April 23, a hedge was set alight outside a home on Mold Road, Connah’s Quay, leaving a 16-year-old with special needs traumatised.

Mr Jones said: “Remember, setting fires is a criminal offence and we are actively working alongside North Wales Police to combat deliberate incidents, including employing the police helicopter to pinpoint fires and look for perpetrators.

“Anyone with information is advised to anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

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