Nelson family hit by second blaze
A CARAVAN full of sentimental items was deliberately set alight just months after the owner’s house was badly damaged in a large fire.
Neighbours heard a series of loud explosions and bangs in the early hours during the arson attack.
They said flames, which had turned the sky red, had engulfed the caravan which was reduced to the a charred shell.
Fire crews battled for almost an hour to control the blaze and prevent it spreading to the house in Nelson.
The vehicle was used to store items belonging to the owner David Geddes deceased mother.
Fire crews said that when they arrived at around 2.25am on Saturday, the flames were already reaching the roof of the house in Cravendale Avenue.
In November the interior of the building was partly destroyed in a fire and it has been boarded up since.
The caravan was being stored in the front garden of the property.
Mr Geddes son David, of Regent Street, yesterday said his father was too upset to talk.
He said: “The caravan has been there for a while since my dad hasn’t lived there, and it was full of my grandma’s stuff.
“There was nothing valuable in there, just clothes and ornaments, but a lot of it had sentimental value to us all.
“I don’t know why anybody would do this and dad is so upset about it.
“It was bad enough last year when the house caught fire. We didn’t think that this would happen at all.”
A neighbour said she had been frighted by the ferosity of the blaze.
She said: “I heard a very loud bang and when I looked outside my window the sky was red.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and I’m so glad that it didn’t spread to other parts of the street because it looked like it was going to at one point.
“People started to come outside their houses and no-one could believe what was going on.
“It’s such a shame as well because it’s not been too long since the house suffered the other fire.”
Another resident said: “I was scared that the fire was going to spread across the street and was seriously thinking about getting my kids and running.
“The fire was so fierce and the fire crews did so well in getting it under control.
“They were on the street for ages.
“ I feel very sorry for the owner who lost everything that was inside.”
Watch manager Roy Edwards said: “We managed to stop the fire spreading to the house.
“Due to the time of day of this incident if neighbours had not seen the fire the fire would have spread into the house with the potential to cause injury to the residents.
“The fire was started deliberately and an investigation into who started the fire is ongoing.
“Deliberate fires can cost lives.
“They also put a strain on Fire Service resources that may be required elsewhere.”
The police are currently working with the fire service to investigate the arson.
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