North West Wales

Anglesey families returning home following fire evacuation

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Media captionFire crews expect to be dampening down the site for much of the day

Families evacuated during a large blaze on Anglesey on Friday morning have begun to return to their homes.

Nine families had been temporarily re-housed in a primary school after the flames forced 22 homes on Nant y Felin estate to be evacuated.

It broke out at a petrol station in Pentraeth at about 04:50 BST on Friday.

The A5025 road between Menai Bridge and Amlwch has been reopened after being closed due to the fire, police have confirmed.

Sandra Robinson Clark, who lives behind the petrol station, said the fire was so close to her house as she could feel the heat from the blaze.

"I was woken by police at around five o'clock in the morning and went into a bit of a panic," she said.

'Huge flames'

"I could see huge flames from my bedroom window. It was horrendous.

"I was concerned that the petrol station would explode.

"The smell of the smoke is terrible but I'm hoping we will be able to return home soon."

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Media captionFirefighter Gary Brandick, said a shop and workshop have been badly damaged

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service warned the public to stay away.

Crews are expecting to be damping down the site for much of the day and could not say when the families could return to their homes.

Gary Brandick, senior fire safety manager at the fire service, said: "Our firefighters have done a good job here this morning keeping the fire contained, especially given the close proximity of other premises."

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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Image caption Residents were woken by police early on Friday morning
Image caption The A5025 Bangor Road in Pentraeth has been closed
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Image caption Firefighters are at the scene
Image caption The fire broke out at about 04:30 BST on Friday
Image caption The fire broke out in a workshop at a petrol station in Pentraeth
Image caption Residents from the Nant y Felin estate were taken to a primary school in Pentraeth