Firefighters forced entry into an empty home near Newtown town centre over fears of a possible fire.

Two fire engines were sent to help, and a firefighter was seen climbing a seven-meter ladder up the three-storey building near the Crescent roundabout in Commercial Street earlier this week.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue said firefighters forced their way to find the building was empty and nobody was inside.

A crew from Newtown were called shortly before 6.30pm on Wednesday, May 15, in response to fire alarms at the residential property.


The emergency service said it was confirmed by electrical contractors that flooding in the cellar was activating the fire alarm system.

“The crew then inspected all detectors, and none had activated, the building was empty with no persons found,” a spokesperson for the fire service said.

“Electrical contractors confirmed that alarms were being actuated due to water ingress in the building’s cellar.

“Dyfed-Powys Police were requested to secure the property.”

The fire service said the crew left the scene at 9.18pm, almost two hours after the call was made.