Emergency crews praised by Mumbles Pier's owner after blaze
THE owner of the Mumbles Pier has praised the emergency services following their response to the fire at the iconic landmark.
Fire crews from across Swansea were called to the pier, which is currently undergoing a multi- million pound refurbishment, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The blaze was quickly brought under control and owner Bert Bollom has expressed his thanks to those who rushed to the pier, which has been owned by his family since the 1940s.
He said: "I received a call from one of the RNLI boys and got here at about 2am. I am very grateful to all the emergency services for their swift response.
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"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."
Crews from Swansea West, Swansea Central and Morriston attended the scene at 1.20am on Saturday to deal with the blaze, which damaged around 50 square metres of pier decking.
The Mumbles All Weather Lifeboat was also launched with a fire officer on board to assess the damage underneath the pier.
The fire service used water from the sea to help extinguish the blaze.
Richard Webborn, head of Swansea command, said: "I commend the actions of the attending crews for their efforts to bring the fire under control and for limiting the damage to this iconic pier."
The cause of the blaze is still under investigation but it is not being treated as suspicious.