Charred, blackened shell left standing after massive fire at old club

A major fire at an abandoned Swansea building has caused “severe damage” and a roof collapse.

The blaze broke out at the former Swansea Boys’ Club in Mayhill just after 8pm on Thursday, with fire crews remaining at the scene throughout the evening.

The dilapidated building, which overlooks the city, has been left untouched for many years and has become a hotspot for drug users, who leave behind needles and other paraphernalia.

The 1920s building was originally opened as a successful youth club until it was eventually closed in the mid-90s.

An investigation is now taking place into the cause of the fire.

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The flames could be seen across the city on Thursday night

Back in 2015 there were plans to transform it into a community centre hosting sports and social events.

More recently, plans were put forward to convert it into 23 residential flats to “make the most of the panoramic views overlooking the city”.

But the fire on Bonfire Night saw both floors of the building alight resulting in severe damage inside.

Fire crews were still at the scene on Friday morning
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The fire has caused ‘severe damage’ to the building
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It appears to be gutted inside
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The building has been used as a drugs den and been subject to vandalism in recent years
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An investigation is underway into the cause of the fire
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A spokesman for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “On Thursday, November 5, at 8.15pm crews from Swansea West, Morriston, Pontarddulais and Swansea Central attended a fire at a derelict building in Berwick Terrace, Mount Pleasant, Swansea.

“The property in question was a two-storey building, measuring approximately 38-meters by 50-meters.

“The fire was located on the first and second floors of the building and had caused severe damage and a roof collapse. Firefighters extinguished the fire using a water tower, a main jet, a hose reel jet and thermal imaging cameras.

“The police were also in attendance. A crew remain at the scene to monitor the incident and dampen down hot spots.”

The fire in progress:

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Officers from South Wales Police said they were also called to the abandoned building on Thursday night.

A spokeswoman for the force added: “We were made aware of a fire at the Old Boys Club in Swansea at about 8.30pm on Thursday, November 5.

“If anyone has any information regarding this they should call 101 quoting occurrence 2000404118.”

Opening in 1922, Swansea Boys’ Club was once one of the most successful clubs on the Swansea and West Wales football scene. It was actually started in the Strand Mission and at one time it could count around 500 members on its books.

WalesOnline went inside the old building in 2018 and found overgrown grass and graffiti covering the walls. Inside several rooms were found to contain rubble and glass on the floor.

A sign for the club
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How it looks inside
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One of the rooms was previously littered with needles and drug paraphernalia
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Pictures on some of the walls
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The old staircase
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Wallpaper was peeling off the walls and ceilings and the air was filled with dust. The old floorboards and holes in the ground felt like they could collapse at any given moment.

But there were also glimpses of the past with scenes of Thomas the Tank Engine and Winnie the Pooh on the walls, and old gym climbing frames against the walls.

From the building, there are stunning views across Swansea Bay.

It is not clear what will happen with the building now.

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