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Waterfront residents woken by large blaze engulfing one building and several vehicles


Residents living on Barry Waterfront were awoken in the early hours of Wednesday morning by a large blaze engulfing a building and several parked vehicles.

Photos taken by nearby residents and shared with Bro Radio show a large plume of smoke engulfing the sky line, with videos featuring crackles and bangs as South Wales Fire and Rescue brought the fire under control.

A South Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said “At approximately 12:48pm on Wednesday 26th May 2021 we received reports of a fire on Hood Road in Barry.”

“Multiple crews attended the scene using specialist equipment to extinguish the fire which had affected a number of vehicles. A stop message was received at 4:06am.”

A South Wales Police spokesperson said “Officers attend Howe Motor Company, Island Road, Barry, at approximately 1.04am today following a call from the fire service, A fire in the building had spread to several parked vehicles.”

“There are no suspicious circumstances and the fire service is investigating the cause.”

One resident who lives near by told Bro Radio “I was watching tv and heard crackles and pops outside the window. When I look out to see what it was, I could see a small orange glow – it started to grow and I called the fire brigade at around 12:50am.”

“It looks like it was opposite the platform of Barry train station. Around 5 – 8 minutes later I could see blue lights, with things getting under control by around 1:36am.”

Another resident who’s property overlooks the site shared videos on social media saying the situation was “absolutely terrifying” as she was woken up by “what sounded like fireworks being left off to look out my bedroom window to see this”

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