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29th June 1916

At an early hour last Thursday morning, a most serious fire broke out at the Raven Tinplate Works.

Fearing the whole works would be involved in flames, the Swansea Fire Brigade was called for, but before their arrival the fire was well in hand.

The roof, about 15 yards in extent, covering the main engine, was completely destroyed, but luckily the engine did not suffer much damage.

Great crowds appeared on the scene shortly after the outbreak of fire. In three-quarters of an hour after receiving their call the fire brigade arrived.

They got quickly to work, and the fire was soon put out. The workmen, under the direction of Mr. David Jones and Mr. Lewis Beynon, rendered valuable assistance to keep the fire under control until the arrival of the fire brigade.

Mr. Rhys Roberts, the engine driver, showed great bravery and coolness when using the hose pipe. Although pantiles and burning timbers were falling all around him, yet he kept on with his dangerous task. If it were not for him (Mr. Roberts), it is said, the whole engine might have been destroyed.

As soon as the fire was put out, Messrs. John and Owen Evans, contractors, Glanamman, were given the order to repair the roof as quickly as possible. The damage is estimated to be about £1,500. Four mills were rendered idle for the end of the week, but resumed work the following Monday.

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