Holiday makers evacuated from Rhossili Bay beauty spot, following grass fire
EIGHT people had to be evacuated from a landmark Gower holiday cottage following a large grass fire next to one of the peninsula's most popular beaches.
The fire broke out next to Rhossili Bay on Monday evening (March 4) , with its smoke threatening the holiday makers staying in The Old Rectory.
A Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokesman described the fire as "very big", but said no-one had been injured in the incident.
They added: "They went to the village and they opened up the village hall for them and they were allowed to return later.
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"It was the smoke that was the problem, not the fire. There were 150 hectares of heathland on fire with a fire front of about a mile-and-a-half."
The blaze was first reported just after 8.15pm.
Earlier this month Rhossili Bay was voted third best beach in Europe in a poll by travel website TripAdvisor.
The venue, which dates from the 1950's, is run a holiday destination by the National Trust, and is said to be one of their most popular.
It is the only building on the bay, and offers dramatic views of the beach and Worm's Head.
It has been used as a location in the BBC TV drama Torchwood, and parts of the outbuildings are said to be possibly medieval.
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service sent two of its rural response pumps to tackle the fire, from stations in Morriston and Ammanford.
The rectory occupants were evacuated around 10pm, and allowed to return two hours later.