A 31 year-old man from Abertillery was sentenced yesterday to six years in prison for setting fire to the Real Crisps factory in Crumlin in 2012.
Speaking after the case, South Wales Fire & Rescue said arson is 'unacceptable.'
Currently 78% of all fires attended by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service are started deliberately which is completely unacceptable.
Arson is a serious crime that has an impact on the whole community. The South Wales Fire and Rescue Service Fire Crime Unit will continue to work with the Police and its partners to bring arsonists to justice.
We also urge members of the public to help us look after their communities and the safety of their families by reporting any individuals they believe are involved with arson activities.
– Dewi Jones, Head of the Fire Crime Unit, South Wales Fire and Rescue
The Judge, Mr Philip Richards, said the fire was a "very irresponsible act" with "consequences that were devastating". He acknowledged that Mr Goulding has considerable learning difficulties which is why he took so long to accept responsibility.
Mr Goulding has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced tomorrow at 2pm at Newport Crown Court.
A 31 year old man from Abertillery has pleaded guilty to setting fire to the Real Crisps factory in Crumlin on September 20th 2012.
Colin Goulding admitted guilt to the second count of arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered. The prosecution accepted the plea and said no trial would go ahead in line with the first count of arson with intent to endanger life.
Around a hundred people lost their jobs after the factory went up in flames. No one was injured in the blaze.
The court heard how Mr Goulding left work at 3.10am to have a cigarette. He lit it in a storage area despite smoking being strictly forbidden in the factory. He flicked the cigarette into a flammable area and it took 4-6 minutes to catch light.