Antonia-Leigh Maw, 19, watched in horror as a car set on fire left her and her family at home, fearing for their lives
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A mother feared for her children’s lives after a car set on fire trapped them in their home.
Antonia-Leigh Maw desperately dialed 999 and watched in horror as flames crept towards her home in Howdon Wallsend, Tyne and Wear.
The nightmare happened in the early hours of Easter Sunday morning when she, her partner and their two young children were asleep. ChronicleLive reports.
The 19-year-old was woken up by screams and banging from outside.
Looking outside, she saw flames from the blazing car, blocking the family’s only way out of the home.
Firefighters were able to put out the fire before it spread to the home where the family was hiding and the car was reportedly stolen.
However, the responsible arsonists are still on the run and the police are still looking for them.
Recalling the terrible fire, Antonia-Leigh said: “I cried for my life. We couldn’t leave the house. It traumatized me, it was terrifying.”
“I went to bed on Saturday night looking forward to giving the kids their Easter eggs on Sunday morning.
“I was sleeping in bed and around 5 a.m. I heard a scream and then a bang, it sounded like gunshots.”
Antonia-Leigh had been looking forward to spending Easter Sunday with her sons Kaylam-Thomas, three and seven months old Ronnie, when their holiday plans descended into fear and chaos.
As she turned in bed, all she could see was a bright orange glow shining through the curtains.
Her partner, Cory Stott, looked out the window and yelled at her to call 999 when she realized the car outside was on fire.
“It was at the end of my ride,” she said. “The flames came towards my house, hitting my fence and hedge. Then they started banging on the house and the windows shook.
“I was screaming on the phone, I was crying and I was like, ‘Me and my babies are going to die.’
“But just as I said that, I saw the blue lights and got on my knees and said, ‘Thank God.'”
Antonia-Leigh watched as firefighters doused the flames on their way to her home before dousing the fire in the car.
The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service received more than 10 calls about the fire.
A spokesman said: “We can confirm that in the early hours of Sunday a crew from Wallsend Community Fire Station attended an incident outside a residential property at Timlin Gardens in Howdon where there were reports of a suspected fire involving an abandoned vehicle.
“Around 5:19 a.m., our Fire Control team received over ten emergency calls from concerned members of the public, with the TWFRS appliance quickly responding to the scene within five minutes of the initial call.
“The car was well lit when the crew arrived at the property, where firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were fighting the blaze with two hose reels.
“The unit left the scene at 5:32 a.m. after spending eight minutes successfully extinguishing the fire.
“The TWFRS crew has requested police assistance.”
Police believe it was arson and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “Just before 5.30am on Sunday, police received a report that a car had been set on fire outside an address in Wallsend.
“Emergency services were present and no one was injured.
“The incident is being treated as a malicious ignition and the investigation is ongoing.
“Anyone with leads is asked to contact the police.”
And Antonia-Leigh is now furious with the ruthless arsonists who have put her family in danger.
She added: “I’m just so angry, thinking about it now makes me tremble. But I’m also so thankful. It could have been a lot worse.”
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