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Camper van and cars go up in flames in arson attack in Clase, Swansea

Three vehicles went up in flames in a series of suspect arson attacks overnight in Swansea.

Fire crews were called to three separate incidents in Clase in the early hours of Tuesday morning, where they extinguished fires on two cars, and a camper van.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service say they are treating the fires as deliberate.

Resident Susan Smith lives adjacent to a property on Long View Road where the mobile home was destroyed by fire.

She said: “I was awoken around 2am by the horn of the camper van going off.

“I could see through the curtains an orange glow, and when I opened it I saw the camper van alight.

“My concern was there may have been gas cannisters on it. The fire crews came and evacuated us.



The fire burns on Long View Road, Clase



Neighbours were evacuated while fire crews dealt with the blaze

“I think they were concerned there might be someone in the van.

“There was a lot of debris floating around, and it burned my garden fence and plants and other items in my garden.

“It was a terrifying experience”.

In addition to the camper van, a car was torched on Elan Avenue. A third vehicle was also destroyed on Caemawr.



The destroyed camper van

Mynyddbach councillor Gloria Tanner said: “Unfortunately, I am not shocked by this because there has been a lot of anti-social behaviour on the Clase estate recently.

“It has been quite bad, and it has been increasing.

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“There are gangs of youths who are intimidating younger children, although we can’t necessarily blame them for this.

“Councillors in the ward are hoping to be able to fund some CCTV cameras around the roundabouts, and I have been in discussion with the cabinet member about what we can do.

“Unfortunately, everything is taking normal than usual because of the current coronavirus circumstances.

“But I am very concerned about this behaviour. Arson is extremely serious and it could be someone’s home next”.



A car was also destroyed on Elan Avenue

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “In the early hours of Tuesday, September 15, crews from Morriston attended three separate vehicle fires, in the Clase area of Swansea, which are reported to be deliberate. 

“Incidents included, two private motor vehicles and one mobile home. 

“Crews extinguished the fires using hose reel jets and breathing apparatus.  Police were also in attendance.

“Crews left the scene just after 4am”.

South Wales Police has been asked to comment.

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