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Man jailed for arson attack on Aberfan chapel

Daniel Brown of Merthyr Vale pleaded guilty to arson and endangering life following the fire that gutted a chapel at Aberfan.

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Dramatic footage shows scale of fire that damaged Aberfan chapel

Dramatic footage caught by eyewitnesses shows the scale of the fire and subsequent damage to the historic Aberfan chapel.

The interior of the building appears completely gutted by the fire. Credit: Phillip Bunce

Fire crews responded to the incident at just before 2 this morning and have been re-inspecting the scene throughout the day.

Structural engineers have also visited the chapel, with Jennie Griffiths of South Wales Fire Service tweeting the structure was "in danger of collapse"

The morning revealed the extent of the damage caused overnight Credit: Phillip Bunce

The chapel was used as a mortuary by the Aberfan community after the coal tip disaster of 1966, where mud and debris flooded Pantglas Junior School killing 116 children and 28 adults.

Structural engineers have inspected the building this afternoon. Credit: Phillip Bunce

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