Bridgend fire: One person dies in town centre blaze

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Fire crews on Nolton StreetImage source, Russell Creemer
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Four fire crews and a large number of police were called to the scene overnight

One person has died after a fire in the centre of Bridgend, police have confirmed.

Firefighters were called to the commercial premises in Nolton Street, with accommodation above it, at about 21:15 BST on Tuesday.

South Wales Police confirmed a person had died and their family was being supported by officers.

The street remains closed and extensive damage has been caused to the building and neighbouring properties.

Det Ch Insp Sarah Lewis said the fire had been "extremely distressing for the family", and officers remained at the scene.

A cordon has also been set up around around the property.

"Our examinations are continuing at the scene as we try to establish how the fire started," she said.

"There is nothing at this stage to suggest the fire was deliberate, however until our investigations are complete we cannot rule anything out at this time."

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Image source, Russell Creemer
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Smoke could be seen around Bridgend town centre

Fire crews from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service took more than two hours to deal with the blaze.

Russell Creemer, who lives in a street behind where the fire happened, went outside to look after noticing the smoke.

"As I got there, fire engines were arriving on the scene," he said.

"The police were there too and were using battering rams to knock down doors around where the fire was. It was well cordoned off.

"There was another fire here recently that caused damage to a derelict building and that still hasn't been fixed.

"There was a very quick response from the fire crews and the police, which was good to see."

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Fire crews were still at the scene on Wednesday morning

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