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Tata Steel fire caused by 'lightning strike'

This morning's fire at Tata Steel at Port Talbot is thought to have been caused by a lightning strike according to early investigations.

The fire is now under control says Tata Steel Credit: Aaron Barnett

The fire took place in the coke ovens this morning. It was managed and is now safe. There are no casualties.

Initial investigations believe it was caused by a lightning strike and we hope to be up and running again later today.

– Tata Steel spokesperson
Six fire engines were called to the blaze Credit: Aaron Barnett

Staff were reportedly evacuated from the site to a main canteen. The site is now said to be secure and the fire under control.

Mid and West Wales Fire Service said it was alerted shortly after 8am.

A spokeswoman for the fire service said: "We have got six appliances there from Port Talbot, Neath, Morriston and an aerial appliance from Swansea West.

"As it stands this is an isolated incident and the power supply has been re-established. The crews are on standby just in case anything should escalate."

Fire reported at Tata Steel in Port Talbot

Reports of a fire at the Tata steelworks in Port Talbot have been confirmed by South Wales Police, who say fire crews are in attendance.

South Wales Police were alerted to reports of the fire at around 08:30 this morning
Credit: Twitter / @English1981

Our reporter at the scene says the situation now seems to be under control, with no visible flames and some smoke.


Housing shortage boosting cost of Welsh homes

A survey has found that a shortage of homes coming onto the market is pushing up Welsh house prices.

Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Welsh surveyors found that sales of homes fell for the fourth time in five months, but demand has continued to rise.

Due to the gap between supply and demand, Welsh house prices increased in January and are expected to continue rising between February and April.

The Royal Institute of Charter Surveyors say they expect average house prices in Wales to rise by around 6% in total, in 2016.

It has been a busy start to the year in the Welsh housing market in terms of sales and instructions.

The evidence suggests that the market is becoming tighter as housing stocks decrease and more buyers come into the market.

This is pushing up prices and the expectation amongst surveyors is that this will continue for now.

As we move into the spring, we will perhaps see a greater supply of properties. If this happens, this should help satisfy demand, increasing transactions and ease upward pressure on prices.

– Tony Filice, ICS Wales Residential Property Spokesman


Nursing Staffing Levels Bill passed by AMs

The bill will ensure there are enough nurses on wards to make sure patients are safe. Credit: PA

The Nursing Staffing Levels (Wales) Bill has been passed by AMs today, leaving just one more step before it becomes law here.

The bill, which will set a European precedent for a legal requirement for safe nursing levels on wards, now only needs Royal Assent to become law. The Royal College of Nursing in Wales says the bill is needed not only to ensure the safety of patients, but the wellbeing of frontline staff.

This law will protect patients in Wales and will empower registered nurses to positively influence staffing decisions in our hospitals. This is a truly historic step to improving patient care in the UK and we are very proud that the National Assembly for Wales has led the way on this issue.

– Tina Donnelly, Director of the RCN in Wales

Over 4,500 members of the public have signed petitions in support of the bill.

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