COUNCIL staff have been working to ensure the building burnt out in last week’s fire in Caerphilly town is secure and structurally safe.

Firefighters from Caerphilly, Pontypridd, Bargoed and Whitchurch in Cardiff were all called to the Phaze clothes shop in Cardiff Road last Wednesday.

Witnesses said the building was “burnt out” and a council spokesman said the business had since been closed and boarded up.

“Council officers have been working closely alongside the owners of the building to ensure it is secured and structurally safe.

“Neighbouring premises also sustained smoke damage as a result of last week’s fire.”

The fire was reported at the two-storey building next to Subwa, just after 10am.

Police had to close the road from Wetherspoons to the traffic lights.

Crews used a hydraulic pump and a water bowser – machines that are used when there is difficulty getting water into elevated areas.

No-one was hurt in the incident but residents were advised by police to close their windows due to the level of smoke.

The road was re-opened at 1.30pm and the fire service left just before 2pm.

Speaking at the time, Danielle Stephens, manager of the Malcolm Uphill pub on Cardiff Road, said: “They’ve completely closed the centre off so it seems quite a bad one.

“It was a clothes shop next to Subway and it seemed to start round the back but there’s smoke coming out the front now. There’s a big crane here and they’re pumping water into the building. There are loads of people on the street.”

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental.