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Firefighters using golf to raise awareness of grass fires

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Firefighters are putting down their hoses and picking up their golf clubs to take part in an 'Urban Fire Golf' event to raise awareness of grass fires.

A conference was held in May to agree on new approach to help tackle the number of grassland fires that threatening communities across Wales.

As well as a television advert launched two months ago by all three of Wales' fire services to raise awareness of the dangers they can cause.

Children between the age of 8-14 will be able to get kitted out in fire fighters clothing and play on a specially designed golf course with their equipment.

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Two hospitalised after fire

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service says two men were taken to hospital in the early hours of this morning after a fire spread from rubbish outside to a kitchen in Merthyr.

They were treated for the effects of breathing smoke after the blaze at Ynysfach.

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Man pleads guilty to Aberfan chapel arson

A man has pleaded guilty to setting fire to Aberfan Chapel. Daniel Brown told police he gets a 'kick' out of arson.

Much of Aberfan chapel was destroyed in the fire last month Credit: Phillip Bunce

Daniel Brown, of Nixonville, Merthyr Vale, was charged with reckless arson with threat to endanger life. Much of the chapel at Aberfan was destroyed by the fire last month.

Brown told police he gets "a kick" out of seeing the fire service turn up. He set his own house on fire when he was nine years old. The court heard that he had called in the emergency services himself when they didn't turn up and "enjoyed being involved in this type of activity".

Wearing a grey t-shirt with short brown hair, Brown confirmed his name and guilty plea. The judge at Merthyr Crown Court told him to expect a lengthy prison sentence.

Psychiatric reports will be completed before he is sentenced next month.

Man in hospital after 20 foot fall from scaffold

A man is in hospital after falling 20 feet (6 metres) from a temporary scaffold at a chapel in Rhymney.

The man fell 20 feet from a temporary scaffold and was rescued by fire crews Credit: PA

Four fire crews from Merthyr, Barry and Malpas were called at 9.27am this morning to help the man at the building on Carno Street. They used specialist equipment to rescue him.

Caerphilly pub badly damaged by fire

South Wales Fire and Rescue service says a pub in Caerphilly has been damaged by fire overnight.

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More than 20 firefighters were called out to the Irish Tymes on Station Terrace just after 11.30pm.

Around half of the two storey building has been damaged.

There are no reports of injuries.

Around half of the building has been badly damaged, a spokesperson said.

Crews and investigation teams will remain on the site throughout the morning.

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