Firefighters from South Wales Fire and Rescue are continuing to tackle a blaze at a recycling plant in Cardiff. It's thought the fire could last for several days. Residents near the fire at Wentloog are being urged to keep windows and doors shut as smoke continues to drift across the area.
More than seventy fire fighters have spent the day trying to control a massive blaze in a waste recycling plant on the outskirts of Cardiff. The fire started in the early hours of the morning and it's likely to burn well into the weekend.
A waste plant blaze on the edge of Cardiff will burn for days say fire chiefs and advise local residents to keep their windows closed. A road cordon, currently in place, will also remain in place.
South Wales Fire and Rescue say the blaze at Atlantic Recycling in Wentloog was well alight and "rapidly expanding" as they arrived at the scene at 2am this morning.
"The fire has affected a five acre site which includes a two storey building, heavy plant machinery and recycled materials."
Up to 70 firefighters and 20 fire appliances have been at the scene and crews are still working to extinguish the fire.
The emergency services say they are aiming to minimise disruption to the local community and local businesses.
However they anticipate that the fire will burn for a number of days "not hours" and the current outer cordon will remain in place for that time.
A plume of smoke is drifting across the area but is not considered to be hazardous to health. Residents in the area however are advised to keep their windows and doors shut as a precautionary measure.
Gareth O'Shea from Natural Resources Wales says, “the priority at the moment is for the fire and rescue service to extinguish the fire. Our officers are at the scene advising the firefighters about the nature of the waste on the site so they can determine the best way to tackle the blaze”.
'At 0155 hours on Friday 28th March 2014 Police and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service attended a report of a fire at the Atlantic Waste Management site, Rumney, Cardiff.'
'The fire currently extends over a five acre site and a two hundred metre exclusion zone has been implemented due to the presence of gas canisters within the site. Newton Road is currently closed. The cause of the fire has not yet been established.'