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21st MARCH 1991
 
 
FAMILIES FLEE TO SAFETY
   

COMPLETELY GUTTED….FIREMEN MAKE THE SPIEN ROAD HOUSE SAFE.

STORY:
ARTHUR WILLIAMS

PHOTO:
GUARDIAN PICTURE


FIRE DESTROYS HOUSE…

TWO PENYGROES families escaped with their lives on Sunday after a blaze badly damaged a house in Spien Road.

The fire gutted the house and badly smoke-logged the property next door.

Four people escaped and the blaze was so severe that flames completely gutted a van parked outside.

Mother-of-two, Mrs Janice Tomlinson's cat and dog were killed in the blaze.

Mrs Tomlinson, her family, and neighbours, escaped as fire engines from Ammanford, Tumble, and Carmarthen, raced to the scene shortly after 10.30 am.

A fire brigade spokesman said: “We had a call to say people were possibly trapped, but on arrival they were all outside.”

Three crews wearing breathing apparatus quickly brought the fire under control but were working until 2.20pm to ensure the area was safe.

The ground floor of the house were severely damaged by fire which ripped through both floors.

Assistant Divisional Officer Eric Barnes, said the situation was complicated because a nearby resident was using a kidney dialysis machine at the time and fire crews were unable to use water from the mains for fear of endangering the supply.

The family is staying with relatives locally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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