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Fire forces garden centre to close

South Wales fire and rescue service took five hours to put the fire out Photo: Alex Lodge

A garden centre in the St Mellon's, which employs around 60 full time and part-time staff, will be closed for 'the foreseeable future' after it was destroyed by a blaze last night.

Nearby homes were evacuated at the height of the blaze though nobody was hurt.

Firefighters battle blaze at Blooms Garden Centre Credit Credit: Mathew Horwood

It took firefighters around five hours to put out.

An investigation, which has been taking place all day, has now been determined accidental by South Wales Fire and rescue service.

Families who live near the garden centre were allowed back in to their homes in the early hours of Thursday morning.

We had about eight fire engines that turned up on the night. Firefighters were confronted with a building that was fully engulfed in flames. All we could do was stop the fire from spreading

– Andy Davidson, South Wales Fire and Rescue service