A CAERPHILLY husband who starred in the hit TV show Don't Tell The Bride was turned into a human fireball in a freak gardening accident.

Ben Longville, 35, was engulfed in flame and blown 20ft in the air after attempting to set fire to a pile of sticks.

Doctors say Ben is lucky to be alive - and is being nursed by his wife Sarah, 31, who appeared with him in the BBC Three show Don't Tell The Bride.

Ben was saved by his hero father-in-law David Owens, 60, who was also in the show.

Ben, recovering from horrific facial and body burns, said: "It was a stupid thing.

"I was cutting down hedges for my father-in-law and piled them up and put around four litres of petrol on it.

"Fumes filled the air pockets between the bushes and sticks and when I bent down to light it I just heard a bang and closed my eyes.

"My father-in-law said I was blown back around 20ft through the air and up the garden."

Ben thanked his father-in-law for saving his life - by rugby-tackling him to the ground as he ran to the main road near their Caerphilly home in flames.

He said: "I hit the ground and it knocked the wind out of me. I opened my eyes and the first thing I saw was that my face and arms were on fire.

"One of the doctors asked how far it was to the main road and I said about 20 metres.

"He told me that if my father-in-law hadn't stopped me I wouldn't have made it and probably would have died of shock or a heart attack.

"He saved my life. If he wasn't there to do that I would've died."

Ben was airlifted to Morriston Hospital in Swansea where he is being treated for his injuries.

Doctors say he has 10 per cent severe burns and 20 per cent of minor burns to his face, neck, torso, arms and hands.

Ben is a contract security supervisor and is not entitled to sick pay, while Sarah is a teaching support worker through an agency.

The happy couple tied the knot in Caerphilly Castle in 2012 after growing up just five miles apart in the town.

The episode showed Sarah giving Ben weekly pocket money and Ben's mother, who lives around the corner, and refusing to let him grow up But the groom had to overcome having two strong women in his life to organise the perfect day.

She has now taken time off work without pay to help care for Ben.

Sarah said: "We have been all over the place since it happened. I have had to drive up and back everyday.

"Our four-year-old daughter, Millie, has been to see him and she is taking it in her stride – she's been great."

The family have launched an appeal for help after the accident two weeks ago.

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