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THREE teenagers managed to escape [...]; Teenagers await parents' return from holiday after blaze wrecks family home.


THREE teenagers managed to escape a burning house unscathed after a faulty hairdryer left on a bed sparked a blaze that wrecked the upstairs floor.

Jessica Jackson said the appliance "made a funny noise" while she was using it at her home in Maes Pengwern in Llangollen on Monday night.

The 19-year-old college student put it on her bed and went downstairs to her 17-year-old brother, James, and 18-year-old boyfriend, Chris Whitehall.

But when Chris went upstairs 45 minutes later, he noticed thick plumes of smoke billowing from beneath the door.

Jessica, whose parents Andrew and Angela Jackson are flying home four days early from their holiday in Salou today, said she has lost everything in the fire.

"I'm learning photography and so my camera and all my equipment was in my room along with my laptop, photographs, printer and all my clothes," she said.

"We are going to have to move out because we can't live here at the moment - everywhere, especially upstairs, is badly burnt and the house and all the walls smell of smoke.

"Me and James and our boxer dog, Charlie will have to stay with relatives."

Sixteen firefighters including two crews from Llangollen, one from Chirk and the aerial platform ladder from Wrexham rushed to the scene just after 9pm on Monday and spent an hour tackling the blaze.

Speaking about the incident outside the property, which was yesterday surrounded by her family's wrecked belongings, Jessica said: "We all got out unhurt and called the fire service who arrived really quickly.

"My mum and dad, who were supposed to be on holiday until Saturday have got an early flight home to sort things out."

A North Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said the bedroom was left completely gutted and the entire first floor also suffered extensive damage.

"A fire investigation revealed the cause of the fire was a faulty hairdryer," she added.


Lucky escape: Jessica Jackson outside gutted house and with brother James (inset) Pics: STACEY OLIVER
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 5, 2012
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