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Blaze damages former nursing home

A fire investigation has started into the cause of the blaze

An investigation has started into a blaze at a former nursing home which was under renovation in Conwy.

Police and 50 firefighters were called to the fire over three floors of Gainsborough House in Abergele at 0443 BST.

A North Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said there was "considerable damage" to the empty building, which was being converted into flats.

It took two-and-half hours to bring the fire under control.

Firefighters remained at the scene to damp down the building.

Incident commander Kevin Roberts stressed the importance of securing properties.

"Insecure buildings present massive risks to us and to the other emergency services as the buildings generally attract trespassers who tend to drink and smoke inside," he said.

"More often than not, our firefighters are called to tackle fires which break out and this of course puts their safety and that of others at great risk when in essence it could so easily be avoided."

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