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Firefighters will tackle plant blaze all week

Firefighters are expected to spend all week tackling a fire that started yesterday at a recycling facility in south Wales.

South Wales Fire and Rescue (SWFRS) were called to the blaze (pictured) at the Siteserv building, which was full of recycled material awaiting processing, on Llandow Trading Estate, Cowbridge, on 30 August.

At the height of the fire, 65 firefighters using six engines and six special appliances were tackling it. Three engines, four special appliances and 25 firefighters remain at the scene.

SWFRS incident commander Neil Davies said: “Resources will be scaled down throughout the week but are likely to remain on-site until Friday.”

Demolition of the 45m x 50m building, 25m in height, is set to take place because the structure is unsafe. Afterwards, fire crews will work with staff to spread and dampen down the remaining waste.

Following an investigation, the fire has been determined as accidental.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) officers are monitoring the environmental impact of the fire at the Vale of Glamorgan site.

Resources planning manager Bill Purvis said: “Once the fire has been fully extinguished and we are satisfied that the site is safe, we’ll be establishing what steps can be taken to reduce the likelihood of it happening again.”

A bund has been constructed at the south-west corner of the site to keep contaminated fire water on-site and prevent pollution of nearby watercourses. 

This will then be recirculated to tackle the fire, but if volumes become too great the excess contaminated water will be removed for safe disposal.

Vale of Glamorgan Council advised residents to keep doors and windows closed and minimise the amount of time spent outside.

Siteserv had two fires at the same site in November 2013.

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