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Large fire hits Carmarthenshire scrap yard

A large fire broke out at a scrap yard in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Wales, sending huge black plumes of smoke into the air.

The outbreak occurred on 30 April. Police named the company affected as Ammanford Metal Recycling.

A press statement from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue service said fire crews were called out on 15:30pm. 

It continued: “The fire was extinguished and crews left the scene at 22:10pm. Cause of the fire has been confirmed as accidental.”

A local newspaper report scrap yard owner Richard Safadi as saying the fire started after an airbag deployed in a car that was being moved by a fork lift truck.

Videos of black billowing smoke were posted on Twitter, with eye witnesses saying they heard a loud bang, like an explosion, just after 3pm yesterday.

The South Wales Guardian reported that 100 scrap cars were alight and around 30 firefighters were in attendance.

Carmarthenshire Roads Policing Unit reported that local buildings were evacuated and road closures put in place.

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