AT least 80 cars were destroyed when a raging fire swept through a scrapyard.
Fire crews attended the blaze at Bagillt Car Parts on the A548 in Bagillt shortly after 11.30pm on Sunday night.
The inferno, believed to have spread to the yard from a burning mattress on the nearby coastal path, gutted the used cars.
Owner Mike Waugh described the fire’s force as “like a blast furnace”.
Molten metal and collapsed vehicles are testament to the heat of the blaze, which firefighters fought for five hours to bring under control.
Mr Waugh, who reopened the yard yesterday morning, praised crews for halting the spread of the fire and saving the business from more serious damage.
“We’re still open for business,” he said. “We’ve lost lots but we’ve got plenty more.”
Mr Waugh, who said he was still “a bit dazed”, thought the fire had spread from a mattress that had been set alight on the coastal path – which then spread to gorse and onto the site.
It is not the first time Mr Waugh’s yard has been devastated by fire. Fifteen years ago it incurred £40,000 worth of damage in an arson blaze.
“That time it was kids,” he said.
“That’s why I’m happy that this time it was down to forces of nature – that it was an accident rather than a break-in.”
He added that he believes the cost of Sunday night’s fire will not be so great.
“The main workshop and our sale cars and equipment hasn’t been damaged,” he said.
He said the wrecked vehicles would now be recycled – just a bit earlier than planned.
“There’s no point being depressed. We’ve just got to get on with clearing up,” he added.
A spokesman for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said crews were called at 11.15pm on Sunday night.
He said 80 scrap vehicles were destroyed in the incident, which was attended by crews from Holywell, Flint, Deeside and Mold.