A man has pleaded guilty to setting fire to Aberfan Chapel. Daniel Brown told police he gets a 'kick' out of arson.
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.
A man is in hospital after falling 20 feet (6 metres) from a temporary scaffold at a chapel in Rhymney.
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.
Merthyr crews are responding to rescue a male fallen from a scaffolding tower in a Chapel in Rhymney 09.27
Update Merthyr: Male injured casualty fallen approx 20ft from scaffolding to first floor. Line rescue crews assisting with rescue
Update Merthyr: Casualty now taken to hospital after being rescued by crews using line rescue basket stretcher and oxygen therapy
Firefighters in Cwmbran have been attacked with stones, as they battled to put out a fire in woodland. One of the crew was struck on the head during the incident in the Greenmeadow area of the town, last night. South Wales Fire and Rescue say around 30 youngsters were at the scene.
South Wales Fire and Rescue service says a pub in Caerphilly has been damaged by fire overnight.
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.
At 23.33 we received a 999 call to a fire at The Irish Times Public House in Caerphilly. Crews from Caerphilly x 2 and Whitchurch responded
Update Caerphilly: Crews arrived on scene within 4 minutes and reported the fire was on the first floor and they were searching for people
Around half of the building has been badly damaged, a spokesperson said.
Crews and investigation teams will remain on the site throughout the morning.
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.
#SWControl - Road closure in operation Beaufort Rise, Rassau Rd area Ebbw Vale. Please use alternative route. CLH
Update Rassau: Crews currently remain at the scene and road closures are still in place. fire investigation is being conducted
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.
Good morning, a very busy night for our crews, including a serious house fire in Newport fought by 5 crews an aerial and 2 water bowsers...
Update Maindee: Crews continue to damp down this morning and fire investigation officers will attend this morning
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.
Update Llanwern: crews and the mechanical digger remain at site currently
Update Llanwern: Approx 300 tonne of wooden debris rubber matting and tyres involved 3 jets now extinguished, fire deliberately started
More than twenty firefighters tackled a blaze last night at a block of flats in Cardiff.
It started in a derelict flat in the five storey building at Braunton Crescent in Llanrumney at around 18.30pm.
There are no reports of injuries.
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.
Update International food market Newport: crews using 2 ejector pumps to remove Approx 1m of water from the stock room
Update Mill Parade Newport: Crews are using 2 light portable pumps and the water is now starting to recede. council gully sucker also in use
An elderly woman has died at a house fire in Pontllanfraith. South Wales Fire and Rescue service says it received a call around 2pm yesterday afternoon having received a report of a fire in the living room of a house on Commercial St. Investigations into the cause will start today.