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Swansea fishermen's shop badly hit by fire

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 27, 2013

By Rupert Hall

  • Fire damage at Country Stores in Gowerton

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A SWANSEA fishing tackle specialist is counting the cost after a fire which has severely damaged his business.

Firefighters were called to a blaze at Country Stores in Gowerton at 7pm on Monday after store owner Brian Davies raised the alarm.

Mr Davies was alerted to the blaze by his alarm company and called Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service on arrival at the premises in Church Street.

The Country Stores owner has run the business for 26 years and had a similar incident happen around eight years ago which was later discovered to be due to a cordless drill.

He said: "The fire service seem to think it (the cause) was electrical.

"It is like somebody has wrenched something out of my stomach.

"I can't believe what has happened."

Mr Davies has stressed his business can still take orders despite damage to the premises.

Ryland Williams of Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service attended the fire and confirmed that crews from Gorseinon and Swansea West were sent to the scene of the fire.

The investigating officer said: "When we arrived we had to force entry to the ground floor of the premises, which was smoke logged.

"There was nobody inside.

"The owner had shut the shop up some time previously and it was locked up.

"There was smoke issuing from the premises.

"The owner had taken the correct action and left the premises.

"Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property using a hose reel jet and a thermal imaging camera.

"We are currently investigating the cause of the fire.

"At present it looks like overheating due to a loose connection and electrical circuits."

A spokesman for South Wales Police said: "Police were called to a fire in Church Street, Gowerton at about 7pm last night (Monday). Following an initial examination by the fire service it would appear not to be suspicious at this stage."

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