Wales

Llanelli homes evacuated in chemical alert precaution

Road diversion
Image caption Diversions were set up as the alert was under way

Homes in several streets in Llanelli were evacuated after a chemical incident in the area.

Firefighters were called to Felinfoel Road at 1755 GMT on Wednesday by Dyfed-Powys Police.

Residents at Caeffair care home were led to safety, along with residents in the area and the Thomas Arms pub.

Dyfed-Powys Police said it was a precaution after reports of chemical smells, and that people were returning to their homes at 2155 GMT.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service sent six appliances and a specialist unit to deal with suspected chemicals at the scene.

The council's emergency planning team were also called out.

Some of those who were evacuated were taken to the Diplomat Hotel.

Chemical unit

Inspector Frank Phillips of Dyfed Powys Police said: "This evening fire, police, ambulance, environmental health and local utilities were called to premises situated in the Felinfoel Road area of Llanelli in response to reports of strange smells.

"As a precautionary measure an extensive cordon was established and several residents from a private nursing home were temporarily moved to an alternative premises and several homes were also evacuated.

"I can confirm that there are no reports of any persons becoming ill or being affected and arrangements are in hand for all residents to return to their homes.

"I appreciate the significance this disruption caused to the residents of Llanelli and thank them for their co-operation."

Two appliances from Llanelli, one from Gorseinon, one from Ammanford, and a water bowser from Tumble were involved, along with the chemical unit from Ammanford.

Llanelli councillor John Jenkins said the area that has been evacuated was about a square mile in size and it was thought to be a gas or chemical leak.

'Traffic chaos'

He said: "It was centred near the Thomas Arms public house but they evacuated houses nearby in Old Road, Felinfoel Road and as far up as Parc Howard.

"About 500 houses were evacuated.

"There was a sizeable emergency presence and they blocked off a lot of roads around the area so there was a bit of traffic chaos in Llanelli."

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