Mum’s arson warning after waking to find family garden up in flames

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A woman has issued a warning after claiming someone set fire to her garden while her family were at home.

Sian Selkirk, 52, said her 19-year-old son spotted the flames from his bedroom window at their home in Abertysswg on Saturday night.

Luckily Sian’s husband and two sons were able to extinguish the flames by themselves without calling the fire service.

But she has warned the situation could easily have been worse at a time where firefighters are already dealing with a growing number of grass fires.



Luckily they managed to contain the fire by themselves

Sian said: “It was about half past 10 when we noticed the fire but we don’t know how long it had been burning before then as it was well alight.

“The family were on a Zoom call to try and keep in contact. My son went back to his room and he spotted it from his bedroom window.

“We had cut a tree down and that was at the back of the shed as we were waiting to get rid of it when the tip opens however someone thought they would burn it.

“My husband and son used buckets of water to put it out.”



The damage caused after the fire

On Tuesday three teenagers were arrested following a devastating grass fire which  ripped across an entire mountain in the Rhondda.

South Wales Police and Fire and Rescue services were called to a number of fires across the region on Monday including a 20 hectare fire in Ton Pentre.

The Welsh Government and Welsh Fire and Rescue Services have also warned people not to use sky lanterns to show their support for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sian said: “The fires just need to stop. Luckily we were young enough to deal with it but if it had happened to an elderly person I dread to think. The damage could have been a lot worse, but others may not be so lucky.

“The fire service have had enough to deal with lately, especially with the recent mountain fire between Abertysswg and New Tredegar.

“You don’t expect to look out of your window and see a fire in your garden.”



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