Arson guts car in Oakdale
5:55pm Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
A CAR was gutted after an arsonist set fire to a shed in a quiet Valleys street in the early hours of a weekend morning.
South Wales Fire and Rescue were called to Canberra Close in Oakdale, near Blackwood, at around 1.50am on Saturday morning to a fire the service said was deliberately set.
The fire on the shed spread to the car which was left badly damaged.
The home of transport manager Matt Addy, 45, was next door to where the blaze took place. Two of his windows were smashed as a result.
Mr Addy said he heard a banging on his door at 1.45am in the morning from a man alerting him to the fire.
Out of bed, Mr Addy went to the door of the home of the shed – alerting its residents who came running down to see the blaze.
He said: “As soon as I woke up I could see the flames. The flames were licking up the corner around my front door.
“The shed was completely ablaze. It took about 15 minutes for the fire brigade to get here, in that time the front tires of the car exploded.
“The firemen put it out and said it definitely started in the shed rather than the car.”
He said that no one was hurt.
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said it put out a fire in Canberra Close on Saturday morning, according to a fire service Twitter feed.
The service's Jennie Griffiths said that the fire had been started deliberately, and that the heat of the fire broke a window of a house.
Two crews from Cefn Fforest attended and the fire was out by 2.36am.
The Argus could not contact Gwent Police on the matter as it went to press.