'I want to move house after fire attack on my home in middle of night'

A woman’s garden went up in flames in a suspected deliberate arson attack. Elaine Forehead’s garden was set alight in the early hours of Thursday, May 30. Speaking to WalesOnline she said the incident has left her “shaken” and wanting to move house. Gwent Police is understood to be investigating the incident.

Explaining what happened on the morning of the fire, in which an accelerator was believed to have been used, Labour councillor Elaine said: “The fire service said it looks deliberate but I don’t have any animosity with anyone at all and if I had I’m sure we’d sort it out in a better way than this. It happened at 2.45am last Thursday and my neighbour woke me up banging on the door. The neighbour that banged my door lives a street away so I’m counting my blessings that she saw it and got around to me in time. It was just me and the dog in the house on my own. Never in my life have I been so frightened. I was trying to phone the fire service but I was so shaky.”

-Credit:Elaine Forehead
-Credit:Elaine Forehead

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Recalling what happened when she woke up in her bedroom upstairs in the house in Trecenydd, Caerphilly, she said: “The fire was absolutely enormous. Panic just kicked in. It happened just under the kitchen window and there was a thick smoky smell.”

One fire crew attended the incident and the fire was put out quickly but it has left a lasting impact on Cllr Forehead. “My grandson’s toys were all burnt, everything was a mess, everything is gone because of the accelerator they used,” she said. “I would really like to find out what happened. My biggest hope is that it was kids messing about and it went badly wrong and nothing more sinister. If that is the case I want it to be known what happened as a sign of how serious these things can be. It could have been a lot worse and I really wouldn’t want anyone else to go through that.”

A spokesperson for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said it was called to the incident at 2.44am. “SWFRS was called to an incident in Caerphilly whereby a garden fire had been started deliberately, involving tree cuttings, fencing, and plastic toys,” they said. “The property owner requested the attention of the police, and the next door fence was also alight.” Anyone with information or CCTV images should contact Gwent Police on 101.