Woman critically ill after fire in Blaengarw homes

A woman is in a critical condition after 20 people were evacuated from eight homes when fire swept through a village terrace.

The fire broke out in Railway Terrace in Blaengarw, in Bridgend county, in the early hours.

Seven houses were well alight when South Wales Fire and Rescue Service arrived, with one severely damaged.

Scenes of crime officers have begun work with the fire investigation team to try to find out the cause.

Seven fire appliances, including two hydraulic platforms, were sent to the scene.

Fire service officer Tim Pendrick, the commander at the scene, told BBC Radio Wales that the emergency services were called at 0034 GMT.

"We had quite a significant blaze in one of the houses which spread from one terraced house in the centre of the row to a number of other houses," he said.

"Crews did very well to mitigate damage and prevent the fire spreading to other properties."

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