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Latest woodchip factory fire prompts inquiry call

The week-long fire at Chirk's Knonospan woodchip factory near Oswestry has prompted calls for an independent inquiry.

Welsh Assembly Shadow Minister Llyr Gruffydd said the fire this month was the 17th in 18 years and wants permanent air-quality monitoring.

Chirk fire

Mr Gruffydd said in the days immediately after the fire, traces of the formaldehyde were found, which is known to cause cancer.

Local residents deserve at the very least the reassurance that this is being monitored properly, that there's transparency around that monitoring, that people know exactly what's coming from the site so that they can be confident that their children and their families are safe."

Llyr GruffyddAssembly member