Gwersyllt residents in fear amid arson wave


Rory Sheehan

A FORTY-foot-high tree was left blackened after an arson attack.

The lofty conifer was set alight at a property in Bryn Glas, Gwersyllt on Saturday night.

Neighbours said it was latest in a number of arson incidents over the last week.

And firefighters were called out again in the early hours of Sunday morning after sparks set fence panels on fire.

Neighbour Valerie Trematick, 67, said: “I’d just gone back to bed after the they had put out the first fire when I had a phone call from one of the neighbours telling me to get out of the house – my own fence was on fire. I couldn’t believe it.

“The woman next door has kids and had to bring them outside in the garden for half the night.

“It was terrifying. I’m on my own and haven’t been to sleep at all since. It’s made me ill. All my garage was full of smoke.

“The main thing is that it wasn’t any worse, but you worry for the future because if it happens again lives will be at risk.

“We were lucky this time because a lad from across the road banged on the doors. The people who do this just don’t think.”

Another resident, who asked not to be named, said: “This has been happening for a few nights now.

“There was one across the road and one next door, but last night was the worst because of the size if it.”

A spokesman for the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “We attended a tree fire in Bryn Glas, Gwersyllt at 11.30pm on Saturday.

“Two hosereel jets were used to extinguish the fire in half an hour, but firefighters returned at 3am to put out a fence panel which was on fire due to sparks from the previous blaze.”

The fire service confirmed the tree had been set alight deliberately.

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