South West Wales

Smoke from Skewen recycling centre monitored

Smoke levels from a fire at a recycling centre in Skewen, near Neath, next to the A465 Heads of the Valleys road, are being monitored.

Around 25 firefighters are still tackling the fire at Claddagh Recycling at Neath Abbey Wharf.

Mid and West Wales fire service were called to the plant, which contains recycled metals and plastics, at just after 0220 BST on Monday.

The fire service said the smoke should not be enough to affect road traffic.

More than 35 firefighters were at the fire at its height, with the materials at the centre said to be well alight.

There are 1,500 tonnes of mixed recycled waste involved in the fire.

No injuries were reported but local residents were being advised to keep their windows closed as a precaution.

'Smoke plume'

A fire hazard officer was at the scene and water was being pumped from a local canal to tackle the flames.

Five fire engines were being used.

Earlier in the day, the incident commander, watch manager Richie Webborn, said: "Now that we have a good supply of water, crews are working to suppress the fire carefully to ensure that the smoke plume remains buoyant thus keeping the smoke at a high level.

"The smoke is dispersing well at this moment in time. As a precaution only, I would advise householders in the immediate area to keep windows closed.

"There is currently minimal risk to the public and we are monitoring the smoke plume, the wind and weather on a regular basis."

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