On Monday afternoon, residents of the inner city of Adamsdown in Cardiff were shocked to see their former cinema and bingo hall on fire and burning away!
Approximately 80 fire fighters were called to the scene on Pearl Street, home to the already disused Splott Cinema and bingo hall building.
The roof of the building collapsed, and there was a risk of the whole building collapsing. Roads in the area were closed and police evacuated surrounding properties.
Local authority surveyors have been inspecting the safety of the building, whilst residents in the area were advised to keep doors and windows shut, and to remain indoors as a precaution.
The cause of the huge fire is being investigated by South Wales Police and fire officers, but work is due to begin today on demolishing the building.
Residents are hoping they will be able to return to their homes soon, having already spent 2 nights away.
Many say they will be sad to see the 102 year old building razed to the ground.
Steve Mudd, 53, from Ruby Street, Adamsdown, said he spent a lot of time in the old bingo hall after moving to the area in 1980.
“I feel a bit sad that it’s going. More to the point – what’s going to replace it?
“You can see it was in a pretty poor state – it was all cracking up, and that was even before the fire.”
Mike Collins, 58, grew up in the nearby Nora Street and used to go to the cinema there when he was a child.
He now lives in nearby Tremorfa, but said he had smelled the smoke from his home.
“The next time I see it, it will be levelled. It was iconic. My mum and my aunt used to frequent it, and it was a great meeting place for local people.
“I have very fond memories of it.”
What a shame that another bingo icon for so many in a close community has become yet another casualty to fire.