South East Wales

Police treat fire at workingmen's club as suspicious

Fire at Penrhiwfer Workingmen's Club
Image caption Six fire crews were on scene to tackle the fire but it took several hours to damp down

Police are treating a fire at a workingmen's club in Rhondda Cynon Taf as suspicious.

The blaze broke out at the Penrhiwfer Workingmen's Club in Tonypandy at around 2100 BST on Tuesday.

Crews from Tonypandy, Porth, Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd, Kenfig Hill and Gilfach Goch attended the fire which it took several hours to bring under control.

The club had been closed for several years and was on the property market.

The fire began with huge plumes of smoke billowing from the building which is just off the A4119 and B4278 before it burst into flames.

Penrhiwfer Road was closed so fire engines could access the scene.

Image caption The ruins of the club were still smoking on Wednesday morning

Eyewitness Glenn Little said crowds gathered to watch the blaze as flames leapt 20 feet into the air.

South Wales Police are working with the fire service to find out how it started.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Sergeant Andy Jones at Ton Pentre CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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