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11th APRIL 2002
   

FIRE RAGES… FLAMES AND SMOKE COLOUR THE HORIZON

 
 

The street lights of the Amman Valley are seen here from Garnant with the flames blazing above them.

FIRE MOUNTAIN… The Black mountain turns red with flames on Sunday night

FIRE MOUNTAIN…and the charred remains the next morning

       

RAGING INFERNO

CLOSE CALL Amman Valley residence came within a whisker of a major Black Mountain fire at the weekend.

The street lights of the Amman Valley are seen here from Garnant with the flames blazing above them.

SPECTACULAR SCENES OF A FLAMING APRIL NIGHT

THESE are the spectacular scenes watched by hundreds of Amman Valley residents on Sunday after the Black Mountain went up in flames.

Photographer Gareth Jordan, of Hendre Road, Garnant, was able to capture the dramatic sight of land at Llandeilo Road ablaze on camera.

His pictures show the flames, which could be seen for many miles around, and the dark black smoke which clogged the air.

Gareth said: “I was first alerted to the fire by a friend who lives on the other side of the hill to me.

“He rang up to ask why he hadn't been invited to the barbecue?

“I wasn't sure what he was talking about until he told me that the hill was on fire!

“I couldn't see it from my house, so I went over to Garnant Golf Club, and realised what he meant.

“We have had a couple of fires in the area recently, the others being caused by irresponsible juveniles. I am not sure of the cause of this latest fire.

“I thought that the fire would have died out quite quickly, but it burned on into the night, with the flames fanned b strong winds.”

Firefighters were called to the mountain at 4.45 pm. Three engines battled for nearly five hours to bring the fire under control.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

STORY:
CATHERINE COEN

catherine.coen@gwent-wales.co.uk

PHOTO:
GARETH JORDAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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