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Pensioner injured in Llanarmon-yn-Ial house fire

A 73-YEAR-OLD man was injured in a blaze which took firefighters almost 12 hours to bring under control.

The fire broke out in the garage of a house at Erw Nant, Llanarmon-yn-Ial, at about 6pm last Wednesday, July 25, before spreading to the adjacent bungalow.

The injured man, named locally as Tony Cummins, was treated for burns to his hands in Whiston Hospital, Liverpool.

Neighbours said Mr Cummins had been trying to protect his collection of classic cars when he was injured.

He lives at the property with wife Gail, who is in her mid-60s. She was unharmed. At least one of the couple’s pet cats was killed in the blaze, which gutted the house.

Crews from Ruthin, Mold, St Asaph, Prestatyn and Buckley attended the scene, together with two appliances from Deeside and a further two appliances from Wrexham. The Environmental Protection Unit from Wrexham, off-road vehicles from Denbigh, Abergele and Llangollen, a command unit from Rhyl and an Incident Support Unit from Mold were also in attendance.

They battled through the night to put out the fire, using breathing apparatus and hose reel and main jets, and eventually brought it under control at about 5.50am on Thursday.

Six fire engines were damaged on their way to the house, after having to make their way along a mile-and-a-half long dirt track to the property.

A spokeswoman for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “The cause of the fire was accidental – the man had been carrying out some work in the domestic garage complex where the fire originated.

“Firefighters ensured the safety of the occupants and attended to an acetylene cylinder which was in the affected garage.

“The fire quickly spread to the single storey bungalow adjacent to the garage and lean-to car port.”

Exact details relating to the cause of the fire are being investigated.