Firefighters tackle blaze on Gwynedd industrial estate and gorse fires

A FIRE on an industrial estate near Caernarfon destroyed a 33-kilonewton (kN) transformer yesterday (July 18).

The blaze is believed to have been caused by a build-up of heat inside the transformer, as temperatures reached record highs in North Wales.

A spokesperson for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called at 5.30pm last night.

“We had three appliances and the foam carrier in attendance.

“The incident was under control by 10.32pm.

“It was a 33KN transformer, spread to a substation building.

“(There was) fire damage to the rear door and light smoke damage to the inside.

“The cause is believed to be building up of heat in the transformer.”

Firefighters were also called to a number of gorse fires in North Wales yesterday.

Shortly after 12.40pm, the service was called to an incident on Porthdafarch Road, Holyhead (below).

North Wales Chronicle: The gorse fire in Holyhead. Photo: Rebecca CromptonThe gorse fire in Holyhead. Photo: Rebecca Crompton

A service spokesperson said there was “approximately 400 sq m of gorse on fire” and that there were “three crews in attendance.”

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North Wales Fire and Rescue Service then received reports of a second gorse fire in Holyhead shortly before 9pm last night.

Its cause is under investigation.

The spokesperson added: “We were called at 8.56pm last night to a fire in Mill Road, Holyhead.

“Two crews attended.

“25 sq m of gorse and bracken was on fire.”

Another gorse fire, on Belmont Road, Bangor, is thought to have been started deliberately.

The service was called to this incident at roughly 8.15pm.

The spokesperson added: “Two crews attended 20 sq m of gorse… cause is believed to be deliberate ignition.”

North Wales Chronicle | Anglesey