Ar­rest af­ter car ‘fire­ball’ hor­ror

South Wales Evening Post - - COMMUNITYWALESONLINE.CO.UK - ROB HARRIES @rob­har­ries83 • 07890 546505 robert.harries@me­di­

AN el­derly res­i­dent has spo­ken of his hor­ror as his wife’s car be­came ‘a fire­ball’ out­side the fam­ily home.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened out­side a de­tached prop­erty on Thorn­hill Road, in the vil­lage of Gorslas in Car­marthen­shire, on Mon­day night.

Derek Mcan­drew and his wife Judy were in­side with their young grand­son when all of a sud­den their car “was turned into a fire­ball” at around 7.45pm.

Mr Mcan­drew, who is aged 75, said he felt lucky that no­body was se­ri­ously in­jured.

The al­leged in­ci­dent was caught on CCTV and Mr Mcan­drew claims it sug­gests the fire was de­lib­er­ate.

“This is a shock­ing in­ci­dent,” he said. “The re­sult of this could have been worse.

“The day be­fore I had only just re­turned from a trip, and as I got home in the early hours I de­cided to park down the drive a bit, fur­ther from the house.

“It’s very lucky that I did, be­cause if I’d parked nearer the house it­self the fire could have spread.

“The car just turned into a fire­ball.

“The car was to­tally burnt out, as was ev­ery­thing in it.”

The car, a blue Ford Ecosport, be­longs to Mr Mcan­drew’s wife, who bought the mo­bil­ity car as she is bat­tling breast cancer.

As dev­as­tat­ing and trau­matic as the event was, Mr Mcan­drew said that, ul­ti­mately, the loss of the car didn’t mat­ter.

“I don’t care about the car,” he said.

“We can re­place that, but the ef­fect this has had on my wife has been aw­ful.

“I just want the po­lice to get to the bot­tom of this.”

Mid and West Wales Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice con­firmed that they re­ceived a call alert­ing them to a car fire in the area at 7.53pm on Mon­day, No­vem­ber 5.

A fire crew from Am­man­ford was sent to the scene and used a hose reel jet and foam to ex­tin­guish the blaze.

Po­lice say they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing two in­ci­dents that hap­pened in the Gorslas area on Mon­day night.

A spokes­woman for Dyfed-powys Po­lice said: “We were alerted to two car fires in the Gorslas area on Mon­day, No­vem­ber 5.

“A 52-year-old man has been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of ar­son and re­leased on po­lice bail with con­di­tions.”

The car in flames, left, and, right, the dam­age.

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