Family watch in horror as wild fire burns through three gardens on their street

A family were left devastated after a wild fire burned through their garden and destroyed their belongings,

Danielle Caffell shared a video which showed giant flames leaping into the air as it engulfed her garden fence.

The mum-of-four returned home from the school run last Friday when she saw the flames over taking her back garden on Harris Avenue in Rumney, Cardiff.

Wales Online reports that the blaze destroyed a trampoline, bikes and a paddling pool which belonged to her children, all aged under 12.

Danielle said firefighters told her it was fortunate the wind blew the flames away from the house or the damage could have been far worse.

"It started at about 3.15pm but it burned for about two hours," Danielle said.

"My kids were watching it through the window before they were evacuated from the house.

"If the wind didn’t change when it did, the fire brigade said it could have been much worse."

The family live with their gardens backing on to a large open field in Rumney.

She said the fire may have started on a large pile of grass that was left at the back of their hedge.

"My kids play out there," she said.

"It happened when we were getting the kids from school. It’s lucky it wasn’t any later or it could have been really scary."

The fire affected the properties on either side of Danielle’s house.

Next door neighbour Monika Machaj was also on her way back from collecting her two children from school when she discovered the fire.

Much of her back fence was burnt and the roof of her shed was damaged.

Both families were evacuated until the area was made safe.

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"The younger one was crying and very scared," Monika said.

"The neighbours were great. Everyone came around trying to help with hose pipes and buckets of water.

"Fortunately for us the wind spread the fire to left, away from our garden."

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