UPDATE: Halliwell woman terrified after sparkler arson attack

Denise Hallam with the sparkler and her damaged door

Clyde Street, Halliwell, where a woman had a burning object pushed through her letterbox. Picture from Google Maps.

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A woman was trapped inside her burning home with her cat and two dogs after an arson attack.

Denise Hallam, aged 57, was in her house in Clyde Street, Halliwell, when a sparkler was put through her letter box, setting fire to her front door.

Ms Hallam called the fire service and crews from Bolton Central station arrived to put out the blaze.

She said: “My dogs started barking and then I saw this sparkler come through the door.

“It was really scary. I couldn’t get out of the door because it was up and I didn’t want to leave my dogs and my cat inside.

“This was definitely deliberate. I have lived here for 14 years and I don’t know why anyone would do this or why.”

The firefighters dealt with the fire before it spread to the rest of the house.

Ms Hallam said: “The firefighters were absolutely fabulous — they were fantastic.”Paramedics checked that Ms Hallam had not suffered any smoke inhalation.

The door of the house was badly damaged.

Ms Hallam added: “I don’t know what I am going to do now.”

An arson investigation has now been launched by police and the fire service.

A police spokesman said:“We are treating this incidentas arson and would urge anyone with any information about what happened to contact us.”

Anyone with information should call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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12:52pm Sat 18 Jan 14

thomas222 says...

Wonder why it always seems to be the same kind of areas?
Wonder why it always seems to be the same kind of areas? thomas222
  • Score: 19

8:57pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Citizen Cane says...

Because, unfortunately, some decent people have to live in areas which are magnets for the criminally insane who have no prospect of reforming their indecent activities.
Because, unfortunately, some decent people have to live in areas which are magnets for the criminally insane who have no prospect of reforming their indecent activities. Citizen Cane
  • Score: 20

3:03am Sun 19 Jan 14

oftbewildered2 says...

more than one fire (some fatal) has been started by something being put through a letter box. Time we did away with them and had a post box affixed to the wall, or gatepost, like in US and Australia. All new builds should have this, and others should be encouraged to do this. Just a thought
more than one fire (some fatal) has been started by something being put through a letter box. Time we did away with them and had a post box affixed to the wall, or gatepost, like in US and Australia. All new builds should have this, and others should be encouraged to do this. Just a thought oftbewildered2
  • Score: 8

11:02am Mon 20 Jan 14

Jim271 says...

Its the same kind of areas because the council in the last ten years have used Halliwell as a dumping ground.
Its the same kind of areas because the council in the last ten years have used Halliwell as a dumping ground. Jim271
  • Score: 8

12:41pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Hough64 says...

oftbewildered2 wrote:
more than one fire (some fatal) has been started by something being put through a letter box. Time we did away with them and had a post box affixed to the wall, or gatepost, like in US and Australia. All new builds should have this, and others should be encouraged to do this. Just a thought
Yeah so encourage people to steal your post? And don't comment about them being locked, it's very easy to steal from those boxes. I should know because I had one and it took less than 2 weeks to have someone come stealing my post. Needless to say I got rid of it.
[quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: more than one fire (some fatal) has been started by something being put through a letter box. Time we did away with them and had a post box affixed to the wall, or gatepost, like in US and Australia. All new builds should have this, and others should be encouraged to do this. Just a thought[/p][/quote]Yeah so encourage people to steal your post? And don't comment about them being locked, it's very easy to steal from those boxes. I should know because I had one and it took less than 2 weeks to have someone come stealing my post. Needless to say I got rid of it. Hough64
  • Score: -2

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