An investigation has started into the cause of a fire and series of explosions on a Flintshire business park. North Wales Police and the fire service are treating the area as a crime scene until proven otherwise. No one was injured but a factory has been destroyed. Lorna Prichard reports.
A director of Mainetti, the plastic hanger company that owned the industrial unit, said the site had been badly damaged by the blaze.
– Graham Wilson, Mainetti production director
Evacuation procedures are well drilled on site and were successful; no-one was hurt and all persons are accounted for.
We do have an Emergency Continuity Business Plan, which we are following at this time. Directors from the company are on site to deal with events and to answer any employee or customer queries. At this time, it is too soon for speculation on the cause of the blaze. We will, of course, co-operate with the formal fire investigation. We would like to place on record our thanks to the emergency services for their continued efforts on site.
Fire investigation officers are on site at Greenfield Business Park in Hollywell this morning to start to try and determine the cause of the blaze.
A North Wales Fire Service spokesperson said the site is currently being treated as a crime scene, but it was still unsafe to enter the factory.
– North Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Firefighters are continuing the dampening down process following the fire at an industrial unit on Greenfield Business Park, Bagillt Road, Greenfield, Holywell.
Everyone is back in their properties, but the A548, main coast road passing
Greenfield Business Park will remain closed until further notice.
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and North Wales Police wish to thank everyone for their cooperation and patience during the incident.
Factory staff had to flee their workplace following a fire and a series of explosions on the Greenfield Business Park in Holywell today.
One told ITV News: "There were massive explosions... the building shook. Everybody was panicking."
Families living in the area were told to stay indoors as plumes of thick, black smoke filled the skies.
There was also disruption on main roads in the area, and trains on the nearby North Wales coast line were halted for much of the day.
Lorna Prichard reports.
Trains are able to run again between Chester and Rhyl - delays of up to 15 minutes expected until 17:00 - #Flint
#Flint Lines have reopened - trains will be cautioned (speed restriction) through the affected area.
Passengers with ferry connections at Holyhead should contact their ferry operator as soon as possible #Flint
A loud explosion can clearly be heard in this video of the Holywell factory fire, submitted by eyewitness Mike Freeman.
Other onlookers reported hearing a 'massive explosion', followed by several more.
North Wales Fire & Rescue Service has confirmed the explosions were from pressurised vessels, and that risk of further explosions has now been minimised.