“BIG FLASH”---CAUSE OF OUTBREAK INVESTIGATED
THE CLERK'S ROOM AND GENERAL OFFICE OF THE CWMAMMAN URBAN COUNCIL WERE DESTROYED BY FIRE IN THE EARLY HOURS OF WEDNESDAY MORNING.
Ammanford Fire Brigade, under Station Officer Trevor Rees, arrived shortly after receiving the alarm at about 3.15, to find the building well alight and the roof about to collapse.
Office furniture and equipment were destroyed and a steel safe containing the records was badly damaged by fire.
The cause of the fire is not known, and inquiries were being made yesterday by detective chief inspector D. M. Davies, of the Llanelli C.I.D.
Mr. David Owen Daniel, who lives at his chemist shop on the main road near Glanaman square, was awake when he heard a crackling noise and a “big flash” lit up the bedroom.
He got up and, from the window, saw flames coming through the roof of the offices. Mr. Daniel dialled 999 for the fire brigade, and they arrived within 10 minutes.
He also telephoned the clerk of the council, Mr. J. D. I. Evans.
The urban council met last evening in the council chamber, which was not affected, to consider the repercussions of the fire on the administration of the authority's business.
NOW ITS BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR COUNCIL – IN A PUB
The cause of the fire which destroyed the Cwmaman Urban Council Offices, Glanaman in the early hours of April 5, has not yet been discovered. But inquiries are continuing by the police and fire service.
By courtesy of Buckley's Breweries ltd, temporary offices have been set up in the closed Plough and Harrow public house on Glanaman square.
The neighbouring local authorities and the county council have been most helpful to Cwmaman council and with second hand surplus furniture and office equipment purchased from the National Coal Board, the temporary offices opened for normal business on Tuesday.
The council chamber which escaped the fire, has no heating and will have to be electrically re-wired,
SAVED FROM FIRE
Meetings for the present, will be held at Glanaman school until a large room in the Plough Inn premises is available.
Though records and files in the clerk's and financial controller's departments were destroyed by the fire, deeds and other documents together with the chairman's chain of office kept in steel safes were rescued.
They have been deposited in the temporary office, and the documents will be of considerable help in re-establishing the records.
Commenting on the situation the clerk, Mr. J. D. Islwyn Evans, said the fire was a “disaster,” and would mean starting the authority's records almost from scratch.
“Papers and posters for the coming council elections were lost in the fire and these will have to be re-printed,” said Mr. Evans. “Copies of the electoral list have been supplied to us by the county council.”
Unaffected by the fire, the council's new depot and garage near the old offices is making good progress and when ready the present depot on the Plough Yard site will be cleared and converted into a public car park.
This week two contractors have begun constructing the new road from the main road through the council's premises to the Amman Bridge in Station Road.
When finished the road will replace the difficult junction with Station Road at Glanaman Square, and will carry the heavy traffic anticipated when the controversial Ty Ucaf opencast site is developed.