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Candle safety highlighted after three fires in a week in Wrexham

A simulation by firefighters of what candles can do. Credit: Soeren Stache/DPA/PA Images

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people to take extra care with naked flames following three fires involving candles in the Wrexham area in less than a week – during one of which a dog and a cat died.

Many people use candles in the home, especially over the festive period – but please remember that candles are not just a decoration but an open flame and extra care needs to be taken when using them. We recognise people are busy in the build up to Christmas, but we all really need to keep safety in mind too.

Another option is to use a battery operated tea light, which can be purchased for a small cost and are battery operated instead of requiring a flame. These candles are just as effective at creating an atmosphere but are much safer than a regular candle. Also, it’s a good idea to keep torches and spare batteries to hand for use in the event of a power cut

– Paul Scott, Community Safety Manager


Two rescued from fire in Caernarfon

An investigation into the cause of a house fire is underway after two women were rescued by firefighters from a property in Caernarfon.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service was called to the incident, on North Penrallt, Caernarfon at 04.30hrs.

Two crews from Caernarfon and one from Llanberis attended the incident.

Two women, aged 27 and 65, were alerted to the fire by a smoke detector and then rescued from the first floor.

Firefighters using breathing apparatus entered the house and found one woman in a bedroom, the other was rescued by firefighters from the bathroom window using a ladder.

Both women were then taken to hospital by ambulance.

The occupants were extremely fortunate that the smoke alarm alerted them to the fire.

Fire control operators were able to provide advice and reassurance on the phone whilst firefighters attended and located the occupants.

The incident demonstrates how important it is to ensure you have a working smoke alarm in your property – it could mean the difference between life and death.

– Geraint Hughes, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Four people rescued from caravan fire in Towyn

North Wales Fire Service were alerted to the blaze earlier this morning.

Four people escaped uninjured after being alerted by a passer-by to a fire which destroyed a static caravan at Towyn early this morning.

Fire crews were from Rhyl and Abergele were called to the scene in Towyn Road at 5:26am. A dog died in the the blaze. It is thought the fire was accidental and may have been started by a discarded cigarette.

Wrexham recycling plant fire under investigation

Fire crews were called to the industrial park at 11.56am Credit: ITV News

Fire crews were called to a recycling building on Wrexham Industrial Park earlier today after a blaze broke out on a conveyor belt.

Breathing apparatus, hose reels and main jets were used to tackle the fire and prevent it from spreading.

The blaze was reported at 11.56am and has now been extinguished. Firefighters are currently venting the property. North Wales Fire Service says the cause of the blaze is under investigation.


Fire in Rhyl after explosion of oxygen cylinder

An elderly couple in Rhyl managed to make their own way out of their home unharmed after a fire broke out, following an explosion of an oxygen cylinder.

It's thought that the oxygen line connected to the cylinder in the couple's bedroom was ignited by a cigarette.

Fire crews were called to the house on Molineaux Road in the early hours of this morning where there was fire damage to the bedroom and heat and smoke damage to the rest of the house.

This incident highlights the extreme damage which can be caused when cigarettes or naked flames come into contact with pressurised containers.

This couple was extremely lucky to escape unharmed – we could so very easily have been dealing with another tragedy here in North Wales.

It is highly likely that had there been anyone in the property when this cylinder exploded that they would have suffered fatal blast and burn injuries.

This is not the first incident of this type in the region, we have previous incidents that have resulted in serious injury and tragically the loss of life.

– Gary Brandrick, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to follow the safety instructions given to patients who require oxygen in their treatment and never smoke when it is in use or nearby.

North Wales Fire Service issues grass fire warning

Grass fires spread quickly in dry conditions Credit: North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service have dealt with almost 40 deliberate grass or gorse fires over since the beginning of June.

The fire service is warning people of the dangers of starting fires which can quickly spread out of control in the dry conditions and potentially cause injury.

Between 1st June and 18th July, crews attended 70 accidental and 39 deliberate grass or gorse fires.

Police have increased patrols and are asking the local communities to inform them of any suspicious behaviour.

Kevin Jones, arson reduction manager, said: "Fires like this place tremendous pressure on resources, with firefighters tied up for a considerable length of time trying to bring them under control.

"We are urging visitors to the countryside and locals enjoying the good weather to take extra care when they are out and about and reduce the risk of fire."

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