Aftermath of devastating fire which destroyed £2m worth of school uniforms

These new pictures show the devastating effect a fire had at an industrial estate in Cardiff.

Residents were told to shut their windows as 80 firefighters battled the fire at Topline Tyres on Seawall Road in Tremorfa on November 8 for a number of hours.

The fire caused YC Sports, which supplies uniforms to schools across Cardiff, to lose almost £2m worth of stock.

New pictures from inside the building show the mess left behind.

(Image: WalesOnline/Rob Browne)
(Image: WalesOnline/Rob Browne)

YC Sports director Yee Wai Lim, 28, said he was “speechless” when firefighters allowed him to enter the building.

He said no stock had been saved and everything had been destroyed by the fire.

Mr Lim said: “I was totally speechless walking in. The firefighters allowed us to go in and there was nothing there.

“We could see one jumper at the back not that we could find anything to salvage but that was the only thing remaining.

“It’s meant that we’ve had to work even harder than normal and we’re working 18-20 hours a day to ensure parents can still get their children’s uniforms.”

(Image: WalesOnline/Rob Browne)

Mr Lim’s father has owned YC sports for around 40 years. They have owned the unit at the industrial estate for around eight years and employ 10 members of staff.

The majority of the staff are now working with Mr Lim to help get the business back on its feet.

The company supply uniforms to more than 80 schools across Cardiff.

Mr Lim said they have been supported by family and friends and said they feel for other surrounding businesses who were also affected by the fire.

He said: “The support has been great and we’re really thankful for everyone’s kind words.

“But for us now it’s just about getting things back to normal whenever we can.

“Luckily things aren’t usually busy at this time anyway as most people have got their uniform sorted and we still have some stock available in store anyway.

“Right now there’s firemen and forensics and more officers at the unit investigating so it’s a bit crazy at the moment.”

A spokeswoman for the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said the investigation into what caused the fire is ongoing.

WalesOnline – Cardiff