South West Wales

Fire service and NRW to probe Fforestfach recycling blaze

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Media captionCrews tackle major industrial fire at Swansea recycling plant

A large blaze at a recycling site involving 4,000 tyres, cylinders, waste and scrap vehicles in Swansea is being investigated by the fire service.

The fire at M&R Commercials at the Felinfach Industrial Estate in Fforestfach, burned for nearly 24 hours after starting at 06:00 BST on Monday.

Fire crews and an environmental unit remain on the site to start "decontaminating the equipment".

Natural Resources Wales has also begun an inquiry.

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More than 70 firefighters from 12 stations, including crews from as far away as Milford Haven, tackled the major blaze before it burned itself out in the early hours of Tuesday.

Mid and West Wales Fire Service area manager Simon Jenkins said: "Whilst the fire has been extinguished, one appliance will remain at the incident until we are satisfied that the affected area has cooled sufficiently.

"The focus now turns to investigating the incident and working with Natural Resources Wales and the local authority to support the community and begin the environmental clean-up operation."

Roads were closed and nearby train services were affected, including the suspension of services on the south Wales mainline between Carmarthen and Swansea.

NRW is investigating to "establish the cause and any action we may need to take".

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