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Woman rescued from her home after car set alight.

A WOMAN was rescued by firefighters when a car was torched outside her home.

The crew was called to Alma Street, Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil, just after 6am today.

The woman in her 40s was asleep downstairs in the housing association property when a Nissan Micra car parked outside was set alight.

Firefighters got in through the melting front door and carried her to safety.

She was taken to hospital suffering smoke inhalation.

Crew manager Peter Malp as said the car was well ablaze when they arrived and several repeat 999 calls had been made.

"Fortunately the double glazing prevented a lot of the intense heat and smoke going into the house," he said.

The outer glass panels on the two downstairs windows took most of the heat and shattered and the inner ones cracked and smoke was filling the house.

"We pushed the fire away from the property.

"There were a lot of people outside. They weren't sure if anyone was inside," said the crew manager.

The firefighters gained access by making a hole near the lock of the melting UPVc door and then only had to push it to open it.

"That's how intense the heat was," he said.

"The woman had fallen asleep on a settee on the ground floor."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 20, 2008
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