South East Wales

Firefighters tackle refuse blaze in Nash Mead, Newport

Firefighters are tackling a blaze involving hundreds of tonnes of refuse in Newport.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said the fire was on a derelict site formerly owned by a skip hire company in Nash Mead in the city.

The blaze started in the open and has spread to a nearby building holding up to 600 tonnes of rubbish, of which 85% is on fire.

Nearby residents have been advised to keep windows and doors shut.

Three fire engines, two water bowsers and a platform ladder are at the scene.

The fire service said smoke from the blaze could be seen across a wide area. There are no reports of any injuries.

A Gwent Police spokesman said: "There is still a lot of smoke and both the police and fire service are advising residents nearby to keep doors and windows closed as much as they can although want to reassure them the smoke is not toxic."

Firefighters are expected to be at the scene throughout Sunday night and into Monday.

Officials from Natural Resources Wales are also at the scene.

The fire service said the building measured 50m by 20m.

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