The chemist shop of Mr. N. E. Morgan received slight damage, mainly to the sight testing department, and the attic of Mr. D. J. Edwards' boot and shoe shop was blackened. Mr. Morgans' shop was working normally next day, and the electricity supply which had been cut off returned at midday. Burton's next door to Woolley's was untouched.
Most of the stock from Woolley's was saved, and the shop will open shortly at 42 College Street, where temporary premises have been hired from Mr. Lionel Rees. Most of the tables and chairs were saved from the Central Café, which has continued to sell pastries in part of Mr. Morgans's shop. After his refrigerator had been saved, Mr. C. Jones, proprietor of the cafe, tossed cartons of ice-cream to a group of children watching the fire.
I was one of those children. We were in the school yard opposite watching. The whole school was out in the yard. I was seven and a half, and I remember Sid Philips bringing over choc ice creams. It's weird that I would become a firefighter 18 odd years later.
About a thousand people thronged College Street, Ammanford, yesterday afternoon and watched firemen from Ammanford and Tumble battle with a fire which caused extensive damage to a Drapers shop and Cafe.
The fire started in Wooly's a Draper's shop, at about 3.15pm.
There were five girl assistants in the shop and one of them, Miss Kay Wools, went out to fetch a pair of stockings and she saw that the stairs were on fire. Flames were shooting upwards and smoke billowed from the storeroom on the first floor. One of the girls telephoned for the fire brigade, while the others began to carry out the clothes.
An assistant from Burton's next door rushed to the scene with a fire extinguisher, but the flames had taken hold. He helped the girls take the stock into Burton's
Meanwhile a young girl who was washing up in the Central Café next door, saw smoke pouring from the draper's shop. She ran to tell Mr. C. Clifford Jones, the proprietor of the café who went upstairs and found that smoke was coming into the first floor grill room. He sent one of the girls to telephone “Fire” and set to work with a fire extinguisher.
FILLED WITH SMOKE
In the café a large number of customers were eating when the room began to fill with smoke. Some went for the door, but others helped to rescue some tables and chairs.
Mr. Jones saw that the new £20 chairs with which he had furnished his new grill room were taken to safety.
The fire brigade arrived quickly and aimed their hoses to the roof which joined the two properties. Deputy Fire officer H. Penrhyn Jones was in charge, and his first task was to ensure that the fire did not spread to Morgans the chemist, or to Burton's the tailors.
The fire had burned into the roof of Woolly's and the slight breeze had whisked it along to the roof of the Central Café. The roof burned quickly and spread to the new grill room underneath.