Mid Wales

Thomas Savage praised by judge for saving Nigel Edwards from fire

A man has received a £250 award for rescuing another man from a house fire in Powys.

Electrician Thomas Savage broke a window at the bungalow in Newtown to save Nigel Edwards.

Mr Savage was commended for his bravery by a judge. But Edwards, 49, was jailed for two years and eight months after pleading guilty to arson.

Mold Crown Court, sitting in Chester, heard the fire caused £21,000 damage.

The court was told Edwards started the fire to the council bungalow at Orchard Walk in July in an attempted suicide bid on the first anniversary of the death of his partner.

Mr Savage, who was working on a nearby property, saw smoke billowing from the house and Edwards "screaming" at the front window which was locked.

During sentencing, Judge Niclas Parry said he had taken into account the defendant had no previous convictions, the sad anniversary that day, and his own vulnerabilities, but said others had been put at risk by the fire which caused substantial damage.

The judge said the financial award to Mr Savage was a token of appreciation for his public spirited actions.

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