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UK Weather: Wrexham Family With 16-Month-Old Son Forced To Burn Furniture Whilst Trapped By Snow

25/03/2013 15:21 GMT

A man has told how he was forced to burn old furniture to keep his family warm after they became trapped by snow at an isolated farmhouse.

Ben Massam told BBC Wales the family of four were stranded without power at a farm in Bryneglwys, near Wrexham.

"You can walk over the washing line there's that much snow," he said.

"You can't see any of the cars, the cars are all buried, and I mean literally buried - they're gone.

"It got to the point where I just thought we needed to try to get the baby out to reasonable safety."

Massam also described how they had no power for 24 hours. They were isolated until his brother-in-law managed to walk to the farmhouse on foot with a friend.

Massam and his family, including his 16-month-old son, were airlifted to safety yesterday by a helicopter from RAF Valley on Anglesey and flown to hospital where treatment was not required.

Alistair Reed one of those who came to the family's rescue, said: "They were certainly burning whatever they could get their hands on.

"It was like Arctic conditions in that part of Wales," reports the Daily Mail.