28.10.16 Large fire at Swansea's Gower College was accidental


A large fire which destroyed part of the main building at a college in Swansea was accidental.

Around 20 appliances were called to the scene and about 100 fire fighters tackled the blaze at Gower College on Tycoch Road, Sketty, which broke out just before 04:30 on Friday 28th October 2016.  Fire was seen pouring out of one of the upper floors in the multi-storey building.

Mid and West Wales Fire Service confirmed the fire was not deliberate but would not give any more details.

The college said the fire started in the library on the third floor and spread to the fourth.  Lower floors have also been damaged by water used to put out the flames.

The road was closed in both directions throughout the morning between Vivian Road junction and the Lion Mafon junction.

A college spokeswoman stated: The College was given the news from its structural engineers that the building has remained structurally sound.  The college is continuing to work with multi agencies including the fire service, police and insurers.

The fire service has also praised the college for keeping its fire doors closed.

"Although the fire was significant... the situation could have been a whole lot worse had the fire doors not been closed," said deputy chief fire officer Mick Crennell.

"I would urge everyone to keep their fire doors closed, they really are there for a reason and they really do work."

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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