Nursing Home Evacuated After Fire

A nursing home was evacuated as a precaution after a fire in a derelict hotel. The blaze broke out in the four-storey former County Hotel, Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent at about 0625 GMT.

The 19 elderly residents from the Bridge House home behind the hotel were taken to the local leisure centre.

All were said to be safe and well and social services were contacting families. The fire caused traffic disruption in the town centre.

Libanus Road and the A4048 in the town centre were both closed and diversions were in place.