South West Wales

Walls removed to tackle Fforestfach, Swansea, tyre fire

Firefighters tackling a four-day blaze at a tyre factory have removed walls to gain further access to burning material.

The fire at the former Mettoys factory, which is used to store shredded tyres, in Fforestfach, Swansea, has been alight since last Thursday afternoon.

There were 30 firefighters and four appliances at the scene on Monday.

Fire crews have been cutting holes in outer walls to remove burning material from the building.

The material is then drenched and extinguished outside.

It is believed about 5,000 tonnes of shredded tyre waste was inside the premises.

Firefighters say they have been making good progress in tackling the blaze, which is still under investigation, but it could be weeks before it is fully extinguished.

Many roads reopened over the weekend but there is still restricted access in Queensway.

The park and ride service remains suspended until further notice to allow emergency services access to the site.

Air quality

The few vehicles which have have been parked since Thursday can be removed by their owners.

Schools in the area are open as normal, and Red Cross workers have been delivering newsletters to residents and businesses to keep them aware of developments.

Environment Agency Wales is continuing its work to protect the Fforestfach stream, while the air quality in the wider area is also being monitored.

The pollutants in the smoke are said to have the potential to "cause an impact on health if inhaled."

There is greater potential for health problems for people with existing chest and lung problems.

Residents are advised to minimise their exposure to the smoke where possible by staying indoors and closing windows and doors.

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