Car catches fire outside store in Wrexham


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

SHOCKED onlookers watched as a car went up in flames in Wrexham.

Thick black smoke could be seen from much of the town centre as it billowed from the burning vehicle near the St Giles Car Park and the rear of the town’s Matalan store.

The fire happened at about 3pm on Saturday.

The cause of the blaze was unkown.

Firefighters used hoses to tackle the blaze despite North Wales Fire and Rescue Sevice (NWFRS) taking part in a country-wide strike action over pensions at the time of the blaze.

The seven hour period of industrial action by firefighters in England and Wales came to an end at 5pm on Saturday.

North Wales crews were also called to one house fire, one controlled burning and two autmatic fire alarm calls during the strike period.

Chief Fire Officer Simon Smith said: “Again we managed the reduction in the resources that we had at our disposal well. Our business continuity arrangements operated effectively and we reverted to normal services as soon as the strike came to an end.

“There was no difference to the number of calls received and incidents attended to that which we would normally expect on a weekend and I am pleased that we maintained fire cover across the region.”

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