A thunder storm on Sunday evening
in the uplands of LlanfairTH and Llangernyw was the worst experienced
for many years, if not within living memory. The torrential rains that
fell, although of only half an hour's duration, converted the River
Elwy and it's tributary into roaring torrents. Carcasses' of cattle
and sheep were seen borne on the current, one house was struck by lightening,
but the family escaped injury.
A storm of great violence struck
Abergele this weekend when considerable damage was caused. The house
'Plas Elwy' Llanfair TH was struck by lightening and the building badly
damaged. A horse two sheep and two lambs were killed by lightening and
streets and cellars were flooded
The call to action came at 12:45
pm the fire being reported in a large Dutch barn at Melai Farm Llanfair
TH. Smoke had been observed issuing from one of several huge haystacks
housed in the barn, which fronts that historic farmhouse, once the home
of a "Welsh Chieftain", and a telephone message was immediately
sent summoning the Abergele Fire Brigade. The response was particularly
smart, only a few minutes elapsing before Captain Richard Williams and
his men were speeding to Melai Farm in their motor fire engine with
Mr James Hughes at the "wheel". Meanwhile Mr J.Carrick Pierce
proceeded there with hoses in his private car and these were connected
and laid down in readiness for the arrival of the firemen. The firemen
worked with a will to prevent the intensely heated masses from bursting
into the farm, and the operations were continued until 10 o'clock at
night, the whole haystack having to be treated in the manner mentioned.
It was calculated some thirty tons of hay-the yield of about thirty
acres of land was involved. Had it not been for the smart efforts of
the firemen the whole contents of the barn would have been destroyed.
Just before midnight on Saturday
Abergele Fire Brigade were called to an outbreak of fire at Pentre Du
Farm Llanfair TH, where a Dutch barn containing approx 50 tons of hay
and straw, was found to be well alight. Due to the recent dry weather
there was no immediate water supply available, and water for fire fighting
had to carried by tenders from the River Elwy 1½ mile's away.
Water tenders for this purpose were sent from Colwyn Bay, Denbigh and
Rhyl, and work continued through the night until late Sunday afternoon.
Damage was confined to about 20 tons of hay, the barn and the other
farm buildings being saved.
A garage and powerhouse at Plas
Elwy, Llanfair TH was severely damaged by fire on Saturday night, Mr
W.C. Martindale who reside at Plas Elwy, had parked his car in the garage
and locked up. About 10 minutes later he found the garage ablaze. Fortunately
he was able to get the car out of the garage and salvage other articles
that he kept there. A 230 volt diesel generator in the garage was destroyed.
The Abergele Fie Brigade dealt with the outbreak but despite all their
efforts, only the walls of the garage remained standing.
A disastrous fire occurred at
Bedwyn Isa farm last Saturday. A three bay Dutch Barn containing 45
tons of baled hay, unthreshed corn and straw, was found alight at about
The Abergele Fire Brigade was summoned and it was reinforced by the
Colwyn Bay Fire Service. Although able to save the barn, they were unsuccessful
in their effortsa to save the contents.
Colwyn Bay remained in attendance for five hours whilst the Abergele
contingent did not leave until about 1am.
On Thursday the Abergele Fire
Service were called to Dolhaiarn Farm in Llanfair to a fire in a barn
in one of the meadows attached to the farm. The barn contained about
two tons of baled hay which was destroyed, and damage was also caused
to the roof.
6th June 1970
Firemen from Abergele and Colwyn
Bay were called to Tyddyn Clefi the home of Councillor Eifion Hughes
to rescue a Fresian cow which had fallen into a disused lead mine shaft,
the rescue took over two hours and the Brigade were assisted by RSPCA
Inspector John Rance and Mr H Horseman an Abergele Vet.
A four bay Dutch barn containing
eighty tons of hay was completely destroyed by fire at Ysgubor Newydd
Llanfair TH. Three fire tenders two from Colwyn Bay, and one from Abergele
fought the blaze for several hours.
As the farm stands on a hillside the firemen , in order to obtain water
were onliged to run hoses down the slope across the main road and a
field to the River Elwy.