A CAMPAIGN has been set up to support a woman whose Llandudno home was the target of a house fire last week.

Zara Groves was alone in her Ffordd Dewi home on Thursday (March 24) when the fire at her property took place, with emergency services called to the incident just after 10pm.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service reported extensive heat and smoke damage to the kitchen and dining area, along with further fire damage on the ground floor and first floor of the semi-detached property.

On Monday (March 28), North Wales Police confirmed a man, aged 40, has been charged with arson with intent to endanger life and will appear before Llandudno Magistrates’ Court.

This followed the arrests of two people after the fire last week.

Zara’s friend, Sarah Clark, has now set up online fundraiser page on the website GoFundMe, and has appealed for anyone in the area who could help with repairs to her home to do so.

At the time of writing, the page has received £3,640 in donations, which is almost halfway to its £8,000 target.


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Sarah wrote: “Fortunately, no one was physically injured; however, this has been a terrifying experience for Zara, as you can imagine.

“Ceilings need replacing, there are fire-damaged electrics to be repaired/replaced, the front door was blown off and obliterated, smoke damage is everywhere… and so much more.

“We are reaching out to everyone who knows Zara to see if you could help support her during this distressing time.

“We are looking for donations of anything you can spare please, to help to repair her house (unfortunately an insurance claim is not an option).

“Additionally, if anybody lives locally and would like to help, such as any tradesman who could give some time perhaps and anyone who could spare time to help with the clean-up it would be really, really appreciated.”

Services are still investigating the cause of the fire, while Zara, who has lived on Ffordd Dewi for 17 years, told the Pioneer last week that she had never had any previous problems on the estate.

She also thanked the emergency services and her neighbours for their “amazing” help since the fire.

She said: “I was in my kitchen, getting stuff ready to go to a fitness convention today in Blackpool.

“As I opened my internal door, this big ‘whoosh’ came through. The force of the flame was so powerful that it took my internal door off its hinges.

“I called 999 and they’ve been absolutely amazing, and were here in minutes. The shock and the fright that I feel right now is unreal; I’ve been here all day with the police and fire brigade, but everybody on this estate has been amazing.

“The upstairs is all smoke damaged, and the kitchen, ceiling, porch, and door frames are all damaged.

“The windows on the front downstairs are cracked and broken, so there’s a lot of work that’s to be done.

“But I’m lucky, as well, because the flames didn’t go through the floorboards, so upstairs is still OK, other than that the whole house is black.

“I’ve lived here for 17 years, and have never had a row with a single person on this estate ever.

“The people on this estate have been amazing, people have come over and said: ‘We’ll paint for you’, ‘We’ll clean for you’; they’ve been a phenomenal help.”

To donate to the GoFundMe page, visit: www.gofundme.com/f/zara-groves-house-repairsd.