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Man arrested in connection with 5,000 tonne Swansea waste tyre fire

A Swansea man has been arrested in connection with the alleged illegal dumping of 5,000 tonnes of tyre waste in a Swansea warehouse, which subsequently caught fire.

The man was arrested by South Wales Police following an investigation into the alleged illegal dumping by the Environment Agency. The tyre flock, which was stored in the former Mettoys factory on the Fforestfach Industrial Estate caught fire in June and took three weeks to extinguish.

Firefighters were forced to use heavy plant machinery to drag burning material out of the building and submerge it in an artificial dam before breaking it up underwater.

The blaze was so severe that demolition experts were brought in to demolish the former factory in order to extinguish the material.

Speaking at the time of the fire, mid and west Wales fire and rescue service group manager Roger Thomas said: “This has been one of the most complex fire-fighting operations I have ever been involved with.

“The way we are doing it is a first in Wales but now the fire is under control and not a threat to other buildings in the area, we´ve done some testing and it shows the plan to put it out works.”

The cause of the fire is currently being investigated by South Wales police and the mid and west Wales fire service.

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