Saturday, 7 November 2009

Deliberate fires on Anglesey prompt arson warning

North Wales Police and North Wales Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to be vigilant against arson following two deliberate fires at separate properties on Anglesey earlier today (Saturday 7 November).

Firefighters from Holyhead and Rhosneigr were mobilised to attend to a tractor fire near Ty Croes at 06.34 hrs. The tractor was blocking the road and the fire was out on the arrival of firefighters but they were alerted to another fire at a nearby single storey property. They used two sets of breathing apparatus and a main jet to extinguish the fire in the ground floor bedroom which was completely gutted in the incident. The property suffered significant heat and smoke damage throughout.

Firefighters then discovered another fire at a two storey property just a few miles away in Pencarnisiog which was attended by crews from Rhosneigr, Llangefni and Holyhead at 07.11hrs. Four sets of breathing apparatus, two hose reel jets and a main jet were used to extinguish the flames in the first floor and roof of the building which were well alight on arrival.

North Wales Police and North Wales Fire and Rescue Service are now carrying out a joint investigation into the incidents which were caused deliberately and appear to be connected. Both properties were unoccupied holiday homes. Although keeping an open mind, there is nothing to suggest that this is related to any Welsh extremism and police are focussing their enquiry within the locality of the offences.

Anyone who knows anything about this incident should contact their local police station or crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Firefighters offered free Home Fire Safety Checks to residents in the Ty Croes and Pencarnisiog areas following these incidents.

Smoke alarms save lives. North Wales Fire and Rescue Service offer free home fire safety checks where a member of the service will come to your home or premises to give fire safety hints and tips, help you to formulate a fire escape plan, and if necessary, fit new smoke alarms - totally free of charge. To register, please call their 24 hour hotline on 0800 1691234 or visit


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