South East Wales

Crews to stay at Atlantic recycling site at Rumney, Cardiff

Recycling fire
Image caption Fire crews were called to the scene early on Friday morning

A fire at a recycling centre on the outskirts of Cardiff will need around 20 firefighters at the scene "for the foreseeable future".

About 2,000 tonnes of waste material is alight at the Atlantic recycling site in Newton Road, near Rumney.

The fire began early on Friday and had 70 firefighters tackling it initially.

South Wales fire service said two crews, a water pump and a command unit were stationed at the scene to tackle the blaze involving plastic and timber.

The fire service has said its work is being hampered by 30 to 40 gas cylinders which have to be hosed down to keep cool for fear of possible explosion.

A 200m exclusion zone was in force around the five-acre (two hectare) site due to the explosion risk.

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