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Homes come under threat as huge fire destroys warehouse.

Byline: Steve Bagnall

FIREFIGHTERS battled yesterday to stop a North Wales warehouse blaze spreading to nearby homes.

The fire gutted old buildings on Dublin Street, Tremadog, and seriously damaged the Dodrefn Cymru furniture store.

The fire broke out shortly before 4.15pm and soon threatened to engulf neighbouring buildings North Wales Fire Service said six fire engines from Porthmadog, Pwllheli and Blaenau Ffestiniog were sent to the scene.

The specialist emergency vehicle from Caernarfon which acted as a control unit and the Bangor turntable were also sent to fight the blaze.

Nine firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze for more than three hours before bringing it under control. The old buildings at the back, believed to be listed, were destroyed.

The road was cordoned off while emergency services fought the fire.

An eyewitness said: ``The blaze had burned through the main beams in the old buildings and the roof had collapsed.

``There were flames shooting out of the top. Basically, the old buildings have been reduced to just a shell.

``At times it was difficult to see what was happening because there was so much smoke. The road had been cordoned off.

``When the fire crews first arrived they turned their hose reels on the nearby houses.

``It looked like they were trying to stop the fire spreading but it looks as though there was some damage to the house next door.''

A North Wales Fire Service spokeswoman said three buildings were involved in the blaze.

``All persons were accounted for.'' An investigation was under way last night to discover the cause of the blaze.

The nearby Madog Hotel was badly damaged in a fire last year.

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HORROR: Fire crews battle to contain the flames as yesterday's blaze destroys the furniture warehouse in Tremadog, the roof eventually collapsing as the fire took hold
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