Family flees Caia Park home to escape arson terror


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A FAMILY of six - including a seven-week-old baby boy - had to flee from their Caia Park home after arsonists torched their car.

The terrifying ordeal was one of two arson attacks in Caia Park in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The two blazes were reported within 10 minutes of each other and involved Vauxhall Astras being torched.

Caia Park community councillor Carrie Harper has warned lives are being put at risk.

“I’ve lived in Caia all my life and have never seen a crime spate like this,”
she said.

“It's deeply worrying.”

North Wales Police yesterday said they were not linking the two fires.

A husband and wife were forced to evacuate their house At Bryn Hafod with their four children – twins aged 12, a six-year-old daughter and baby son – when their Vauxhall, which was parked nearby, was set ablaze.

And at Gwenfro, hero dad-of-two Johnny Taylor had to pour pans of water over the flaming bonnet of his burning Astra. The vehicle was parked just three yards from his home and he was afraid it might explode.

He had bought the car less than a week before.

Mr Taylor, 22, said he was asleep with his partner Samantha Richardson, 21, when she heard a bang outside.

Miss Richardson could see an orange glow from the window and she woke up Mr Taylor.

“I went to take a look and could see flames about 2ft high,” said Mr Taylor.

Worried for the safety of his children, Jack, four and one-year-old Rihanna, Mr Taylor went out to douse the fire with saucepans of water.

Miss Richardson filled up the pans from the kitchen and passed them through a window to Mr Taylor.

“I had only bought the car last week,” said Mr Taylor.

“I was going to use it so that as a family we can enjoy nice days out. Now I’m going to have to scrap the car. Jack’s absolutely devastated about it.”

At Bryn Hafod, the mother and father – who asked not to be named – were alerted by one of their children to the fire outside when he heard a car alarm.

The vehicle was close to their home so the mother grabbed the baby and wrapped him in a blanket against the cold of the night before fleeing.

They led their children to safety until the fire was put out by the fire service.

A Fire Service spokesman said firemen used a hose to deal with both incidents and also used a thermal imaging camera at Bryn Hafod.

The attacks were reported between 2.45am and 2.55am.

Cllr Harper said: “We’ve seen many car arsons across Caia Park over the last 12 months or so. It’s a mindless act that’s putting lives at risk.

“The primary concern is of course safety, but these ongoing attacks leave the whole community feeling vulnerable and on edge.

“I know residents are very anxious and concerned these attacks are
still ongoing.

“I’d urge everyone to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious to the police.”

North Wales Police spokesman Michael McGivern confirmed an investigation is underway but couldn’t confirm the incidents were linked.

Anyone with information should contact the police by telephoning 101.

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