In a statement issued this evening the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “Emergency services were alerted to a fire in the stairwell of a block of flats at Granby Close, Llanelli, at approx. 5.15pm this evening (Nov 23).
“Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have the fire under control. Police officers are at scene assisting with traffic and members of the public.
“Due to concerns for safety, four blocks of flats have been evacuated and a 100 metre cordon is in place.
“All residents are safely accounted for. At this stage, one man has been conveyed to hospital by ambulance as a precaution with smoke inhalation. Four people have also been treated at scene.
“Carmarthenshire Council coordinated a place of safety for affected residents. They have all now found alternative accommodation for tonight.
“The cause of the fire is being investigated, and if anyone witnessed the fire or has any information related to it they are asked to call police on 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908, quoting Ref: 289 of Nov 23.”
Speaking on behalf of Carmarthenshire County Council Cllr Linda Evans, executive board member for housing, said: “Our officers have been working alongside emergency services at the scene and have supported tenants and residents at the flats and neighbouring properties during the evacuation. Crews now have the situation under control, and our officers continue to be on hand to offer support to anyone who is not able to return home this evening, although we understand that the majority have already found alternative temporary accommodation. We will of course continue to support them in the next few days. I’d like to thank the emergency services and all those who have helped at the scene.”