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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.

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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.

Disused pub on fire in Ebbw Vale.

More than 20 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a disused pub in Ebbw Vale.

They were called out at around 3.30am. The fire is in the first floor and roof of the building in Beaufort Rise, Rassau.

There are no reports of casualties.

Serious house fire in Newport

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South Wales Fire and Rescue service say there was a serious house fire in the early hours in Newport.

Crews were called out to the terraced property in Durham Road, in the Maindee area, shortly before 3 o'clock.

Adjoining properties were slightly damaged. There are no reports of injuries.

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Firefighters tackle wood blaze in Newport

Firefighters are tackling a blaze in around a hundred tons of wood in Newport.

They were called out to a building site at Llanwern shortly after nine last night.

There are no reports of any injuries.

Firefighters called to help deal with flooding incidents

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service have sent firefighters to several flooding incidents to help deal with the bad weather.

Firefighters are currently in attendance in the Cathays area of Cardiff and Mill Parade and Commercial Road in Newport.

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