‘My life went up in smoke after fire’

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A Leighton Buzzard man has said that a house fire, started by his alcoholic former partner, has left him with little hope after he lost his job and was made homeless.

Glyn Poynter, 46, was urgently called away from work on September 24 after partner Yvonne Silvester threatened she would burn their Meadow Way home to the floor, while a male lodger was upstairs in his room.

Despite rushing home it was too late– the house was up in flames after Silvester dropped acigarette on the sofa and sat in the garden with a bottle of cider saying it was “better to watch the flames from there”.

Silvester was sentenced to 18 months in jail earlier this month, leaving Mr Poynter to pick up the pieces of his life.

Following the fire he lost his job as a forklift driver through stress, has seen his scorched home burgled four times and has been forced to ‘couch surf’ at the homes of friends and family.

Mr Poynter retains hope that potential compensation may allow him to restore the charred remains of his home, though admits that it may take upwards of £50,000 to make it habitable.

He said: “The fire has ruined me. I’m having to rely on family members and friends for somewhere to stay and it is.”

For more on this story see the April 22 issue of the LBO.