A carer’s car has been completely destroyed after it was torched on Saturday night while she was asleep at home just meters away.
Angel Jones, a carer and student from Cathays, Cardiff, was at home after a shift on Saturday when she noticed her car had gone up in flames in the early hours of the morning.
The 26-year-old who lives on Pentyrch Street said she had last used the car at 2pm on Saturday afternoon.
Angel says that her car is essential for her to be able to do her job as a carer as well as get to university in Treforest.
She says that while she is unsure of the cause of the fire, neighbours and friends have told her they saw people throwing firecrackers in Cathays around the time of the incident.
“I was petrified, everyone was really shaken up by it,” said Angel.
“It was so close to the house as I park directly outside, we just thought it was either going to blow or get to the house somehow.
“There were only three of us home and we were standing on the other side of the house listening to the windows crack – it was really worrying.
Angel says she was asleep when the car caught fire in the early hours of the morning and is still confused about the cause of the blaze.
She said: “I got a taxi home at around 11pm and when I got in I went to bed. My room is at the back of the house so I didn’t hear anything but a few hours later my housemate woke us all up saying ‘we all need to get out there’s a fire’.
‘Her room is at the front of the house so she could see the fire out of her window, when I looked I realised that it was my car.
“There’s no CCTV in the area and nobody has come forward to say they have seen anything, but surely somebody in the area saw something.
“One of my friends has said they saw people throwing firecrackers that night but it was nowhere near my car so I’m not sure.’
South Wales Police say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.
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Angel says that while there are often reports of car break ins at Cathays, she has never seen anything like this before.
“There’s no proof and I don’t want to assume it’s arson, you just don’t know – it could have been an accident.
“Despite the damage you can see that the car was still locked when it happened as the mirrors were in but the door was wide open while it was on fire so I don’t really get it.”
“I rely on the car to get places with my job, I’m trying to sort it with my insurance company now but it looks like I’ll only get around £300.”
A spokesperson for South Wales Police said: “South Wales Police attended a fire at Pentyrch Street, Cathays, Cardiff on 22nd November 2020 at 3.30am where a car was on fire.
“Officers are investigating the circumstances of this incident and are appealing to anyone with information about this fire, to contact them.
“The public are asked to ring 101 or send a direct message via Facebook quoting reference: 2000425039.”