An investigation has been launched after a “terrifying” blaze ripped through a Pontypridd repair shop.
Witnesses reported hearing explosions and homes were evacuated from Pentrebach Road and Graig-Y-Helfa Road as a precaution.
Witness John Paul Davies told BBC Radio Wales: “There was debris coming from the smoke itself, hot ash kept landing on me – I’ve got a hole in my t-shirt,”
“It was very surreal, not something you would see every day but terrifying at the time.
“It was a nastier smell than rubber, the smell can’t be explained but it wasn’t very pleasant, let’s put it that way.”
Owner John Gwynne has said he is devastated by the blaze where pictures show a number of vehicles gutted by the blaze at the site.