LUCKY ES­CAPE

HOME COULD HAVE GONE UP IN FLAMES AF­TER FIRE STARTED ON OUT­DOOR DECK­ING

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Mari Jones

AMAN says that if it wasn’t for his vig­i­lant neigh­bours who di­alled 999 af­ter spot­ting smoke com­ing from his prop­erty, his whole house could have gone up in flames.

Two fire crews tack­led the fire in Ger­lan, Bethesda, last Tues­day.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called at 3.51pm and two fire crews were sent from Ban­gor and Caernar­fon. Flames started in the tim­ber deck­ing of the prop­erty, which was com­pletely de­stroyed in the blaze. The fire spread to the frame­work of the nearby pa­tio doors, which led di­rectly into the kitchen.

Although there was smoke in the house there was no dam­age to the in­te­rior of the prop­erty.

Huw Jones, an elec­tri­cian who owns the prop­erty, said he knew noth­ing about the blaze un­til a neigh­bour rang him on his mo­bile to tell him his house was on fire.

“My wife was out work­ing, and I had been work­ing on Anglesey and was on my way back from Ban­gor when I got the call from a neigh­bour of mine in Ger­lan telling me about the fire,” said Mr Jones, 65.

“It took ten min­utes to get home and it was a shocking sight, see­ing the fire and the fire en­gines and the peo- ple watch­ing. We are so lucky the neigh­bours spot­ted some­thing was wrong.

“When they saw the smoke they thought it was odd that it was so close to the house and they could hear the crack­ling of the wood burn­ing.”

He added: “The deck­ing is all de­stroyed and it’s very odd be­cause no-one seems to know how the fire started de­spite there be­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“It spread to the pa­tio doors which leads into the kitchen. The fas­cia boards, win­dow frames and the gut­ter­ing is also dam­aged but it could have been so much more se­ri­ous.”

Mr Jones added: “We could have lost ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing Goronwy our cat who was in the house at the time.

“Luck­ily we are in­sured and I’d like to thank the fire crews and our neigh­bours for con­tact­ing them.”

Huw Jones on his fire-wrecked deck­ing

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