30 October 2012

Work progress on pier goes live

Emergency services have been tackling a blaze at Mumbles pier.

Fire crews and ambulances from around Swansea were called to the scene just after 01:00 BST on Saturday. Mumbles lifeboat was also launched.

Investigations are not complete but early reports from police suggest the fire may have been caused by a spark from a blowtorch. The Victorian pier is undergoing work as part of a major refurbishment project including a new £9.5m lifeboat station.

John Bollom, the managing director of AMECO Ltd who own the pier, stated that old wooden decking area has been damaged, but the main structure is fine.

“I suspect that smouldering fragments were whipped up by the wind. Luckily, the fire was contained to the pier head”, he explained.

He did not think that construction work would be unduly affected although contractors had yet to make a full assessment. He praised the actions of fire crews and the lifeboat who doused the structure from offshore with water cannon.

"As things stand, we remain on schedule to meet the key deadlines work can recommence once the site is cleared”, stated Mr Bollom.