Tourist Attraction Hit by Suspicious Blaze; Funfair Owner Vows to Be Ready for Holiday Season as Normal

South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales), February 21, 2002 | Go to article overview

Tourist Attraction Hit by Suspicious Blaze; Funfair Owner Vows to Be Ready for Holiday Season as Normal


Byline: Louise Day

UP TO 28 firefighters spent four hours tackling a blaze at a Porthcawl pleasure beach yesterday.

The fire broke out at 3.30pm in a large building at the Coney Beach funfair, which was closed at the time.

High winds hampered the efforts of the firefighters, who were called to the incident from as far away as Barry and Cowbridge.

The building, which was used for storage, sustained substantial damage in the fire, which also affected the structure of nearby buildings at the park.

Eyewitness Elena Rogers, 44, of Westfield Crescent, Nottage, told the Echo she could see flames emanating from the top of the building as she drove past.

"As I went down to the seafront at about 3.30pm I could see black smoke, " she said.

"I thought someone was burning tyres but when I got to the roundabout near the park I could see flames and fire engines.

"It looked like quite a big fire but there weren't many people around because the pleasure beach was closed. …

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