Fire at Mumbles Pier
Fire crews from across Swansea were called to Mumbles Pier in the early hours of this morning to tackle a small blaze.
Crews from Swansea Central, West and Morriston headed to the landmark at 1.20am after a fire caught hold at the far end of the pier, close to where rennovation work is being carried out.
The fire crews were assisted by the Water Bowser from Tumble Fire Station.
On arrival at the incident, Watch Manager Dave James and his Green Watch colleagues were confronted with a developing fire some 200mts along the 114 year old Victorian Pier. Fire-fighters fought the fire using a ground monitor, a main jet and a hose real jet, with water being supplied from the sea via a light portable pump located on the nearby Mumbles All Weather Lifeboat Slipway.
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The Mumbles All Weather Lifeboat launched with a Fire Officer onboard to assist with assessing the underneath of the pier structure, whilst the Mumbles Inshore Lifeboat also launched for safety purposes whilst fire-fighters were removing sections of the pier decking to check for further fire spread using a thermal image camera.
The fire damaged some of the contractors plant that was being used as part of the on-going construction of the new Mumbles All Weather Lifeboat Station, as well as an approx 50 m2 section of the pier decking. The fire was brought under control in just over an hour, but firefighters remained at the incident for some time damping down and checking for further fire spread.
Group Manager Richard Webborn Head of Swansea Command said: “I commend the actions of the attending crews for their swift efforts to bring the fire under control and for limiting the damage to this iconic pier.
Mr Webborn added, “We are very grateful for the assistance given to us by the crew of the Mumbles Lifeboat at this incident”.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation but is not being treated as suspicious at this time.
Owner of the pier, Bert Bollom, said: "I am very grateful for all the emergency services for their swift response. The fire was so far out you couldn't really see it from the land. It started at the end bay which is going to be taken up with the new lifeboat station.
"Fortunately there is not a great deal of damage."
No-one was injured in the incident.