A fire that totally destroyed a bungalow this afternoon was caused by a hair dryer being put back in a drawer while it was still hot.
Crews from Pwllheli, Caernarfon, Abersoch rushed to the scene in Lon Ceredigion, near Pwllheli Golf Club in Gwynedd shortly before noon today after a neighbor called 999.
Flames and smoke billowed from the roof and front window as firefighters desperately tried to extinguish the flames for more than six hours.
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The Bangor aerial ladder platform arrived around 2 p.m. to help put out the blaze, but crews remained at the scene until shortly after 6 p.m.
As the incident continued, the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service urged nearby residents to keep their doors and windows closed and people inside properties on either side of the affected property were asked to leave their homes as a precaution.
An ambulance and police were also dispatched to the scene.
It is believed that the occupants of the property were absent when the fire started.
An eyewitness said, “I have never seen anything like this in my life. I could smell the smoke around 11 am, so it has been going on for hours.”
Another said: “It’s devastating to watch.
“It all happened so fast.
“It kind of went off and it seemed like it was under control, but then it came back again.”
The property was completely destroyed by the fire and the majority of the roof burned down.
Shocking images were released by firefighters showing the extent of the damage caused.
NWFRS has now said the fire was believed to have been caused by “radiated heat” from a hair dryer that caused the drawer and its contents to burn down, spreading throughout the property.
The service is now urging people to let their electrical devices cool before putting them away.
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In a statement, firefighters said: “The fire in Pwllheli this afternoon is believed to be caused by heat radiated from a hairdryer placed in a drawer.
” Fortunately, nobody was hurt. Please be sure to let all electrical appliances cool completely before putting them away. “
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