South East Wales

Merthyr Tydfil bus depot blaze being treated as arson

First Call Coaches
Image caption Firefighters assess the damage after the huge blaze at First Call Coaches in Merthyr Tydfil

A huge fire at a bus depot which destroyed 30 coaches, five minibuses and a car is being treated as arson.

The blaze needed 57 firefighters to bring it under control after it broke out in the early hours of 28 December at First Call Coaches in Pant Industrial Estate, Merthyr Tydfil.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service confirmed it was treating the blaze as a "deliberate fire".

Investigators studied CCTV footage to help decide the cause.

Image caption The burnt out shells of the coaches at Pant Industrial Estate in Merthyr Tydfil

The enormous blaze triggered a series of explosions.

'Total devastation'

The coaches were parked very close together, partly as a security measure to prevent anyone trying to steal fuel or batteries and parts.

However, firefighters said that had helped the fire spread quickly.

Describing the scene, Dewi Jones from South Wales Fire Service told BBC Wales: "There's total devastation.

"Prompt action prevented a fire from spreading to surrounding businesses."

Image caption The fire also spread into the main workshop

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