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VIDEO: Llanelli house ruined by fire

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 26, 2014

By James Nicholas /

  • Flames burst through the windows at the house in Llwynhendy. Picture by Emma Lloyd and Katie Campbell.

  • Fire crews tackling with the incident in Llanelli. Picture by Emma Lloyd and Katie Campbell.

  • Smoke billows from the building. Flames burst through the windows at the house in Llwynhendy. Picture by Emma Lloyd and Katie Campbell.

  • The fire destroyed the second floor of Carolyn Hatcher (picture) and Ernie Hatcher's home.

  • The aftermath of the fire.

  • Trallwm Road, Cefncaeau in Llwynhendy.

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A LLWYNHENDY couple have escaped disaster after fire ripped through their house.

Pensioners Earnie and Carolyn Hatcher were in the garden of the house on Heol Trallwm when neighbours told them a fire was ripping through the top floor of their home.

Three fire crews from Llanelli, Gorseinon, and Swansea West were called at around 11am, to get the fire under control. Though the extent of the damage is not yet known, it is thought that the top floor has been completely destroyed, although most of the ground floor is still intact.

Mrs Hatcher, aged 77, a hospital fundraiser, told how the fire had left her “devastated and numb”, and praised the quick actions of the fire service.

“Without the fire service we’d have lost the whole house,” she said.

“They were fantastic.

The couple had lived in the house for 27 years, and lost a lifetime of treasures in the blaze.

“You name it and we’ve lost it, clothes, pictures, and even our car keys were up there.

“Luckily we were insured but the main thing that can’t be replaced is my mother’s fob watch she had for her 21st.”

84-year-old Earnie, a retired merchant sailor and engineer, was taking it well - and even said that he had been through “worse at sea”.

The Hatcher’s son, Stuart, comforted his parents as soon as he heard the news.

“I’ve been round and shaken the hand of every fireman,” he said.

Three fire engines and an aerial crew attended the scene, using jets to get the flames under control

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