South East Wales

Real Crisps factory fire: Job fears for 115 staff

Staff are said to be concerned about the future of 115 jobs after fire destroyed a crisp factory in south Wales.

Fire crews are still at the scene at the Real Crisps site on Crumlin's Penyfan industrial estate.

More than 50 firefighters were called to the site at 03:30 on Thursday.

"Our focus now is on what we can do for those staff, who are naturally concerned for their jobs," said Paul Allen, chief executive of Tayto Group.

"We also need to ensure minimal disruption to our customers and we are working hard to bring that about," he added.

"We do have other factories and will be considering all options that are open to us. Once we have fully assessed the situation we shall be able to make further announcements."

Northern Ireland company Tayto, the UK's third largest snack manufacturer, owns the Real Crisps brand.

Image caption 115 people worked at the factory, part of the Northern Ireland group, Tayto

Pollution risk

The South Wales Fire Service said it would be spending much of the day damping down the fire, as investigations into the cause get underway.

Lyndon Moreton, the area operations manager for the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: "On arrival, our crews encountered a very well developed fire, involving about 75% of the building.

"There was a developed fire due to the contents of the building - fats and oils used in manufacturing process."

Environment Agency staff have also been monitoring the situation, to ensure local watercourses are not polluted.

"However, action by the Fire Service and Environment Agency Wales officers to set up a series of barriers around the area contained the water and prevented a potential risk to the environment," said a spokesperson for the agency.

"The Agency believes that local rivers and streams have not been affected but it remains onsite to help with the disposal of the contaminated water and continues to monitor the situation."

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