Bedwellty House: emergency services called after a fire

Emergency services were called to the grounds of a country house over the weekend after reports that a fire had broken out in the park.

Gwent Police and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service were called to Bedwellty House, Blaenau Gwent after receiving reports of a fire.

It is understood the incident happened around 8.50pm on Saturday May 7.

According to the police, they received a report of antisocial behavior in the park, before the discovery of the fire.

A crew from Tredegar Fire Station was dispatched to the scene and were able to extinguish the fire using a hose reel and jets.

Gwent Police carried out a search of the surrounding area but found no one within the grounds of the Grade II listed house.

Confirming news of the incident on their social media, a rep for Bedwellty House and its park claimed the fire was started by ‘local residents’, saying: ‘We are devastated that locals have set our fabulous wild toddler area on fire.”

They went on to claim that birdhouses and insect hotels were shot down and damaged on the ground.

Continuing, they criticized those who caused the damage and urged anyone with information to come forward.

What was said about the incident?

It is further alleged that this is the second potential incident of anti-social behavior at Bedwellty House in as many weeks.

A site representative said: ‘We are again devastated for the second week in a row that local people have burned down our fabulous wilderness area. Luckily, security called the fire department and the police before the blaze got too big.

“Unfortunately the group not only burned down our log seats but also knocked over our birdhouses and bug hotels.

“What’s the benefit to anyone of ruining our beautiful park and children’s learning area?”

“We are all devastated and disappointed that people like this exist in our community.

“The (emergency) services are witnessing this senseless act. If anyone can help identify the youngsters when CCTV is available, or help us replace what we have lost, that would be greatly appreciated.

The police ask for information

A Gwent Police spokesperson told the Argus: ‘We received a call about anti-social behavior in Bedwellty Park, Morgan Street, Tredegar at around 8.50pm on Saturday May 7, after a group of young people were allegedly seen setting fire near a bush. .

“Officers attended to conduct a search of the area although no one was found in the park when they arrived.”

What did the firefighters say?

A South Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: ‘At approximately 8.52pm on Saturday 7th May 2022 we received reports of a rubbish fire on Morgan Street in Tredegar .

“A team from Tredegar Fire and Rescue Station attended the scene and extinguished the fire using hose reel jets.

“A shutdown message was received at approximately 9:06 p.m..”