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Large fire at recycling centre on outskirts of Cardiff

  • 3-28-2014

More than 50 firefighters are tackling a large blaze involving 10,000 tonnes of waste material at a recycling centre on the outskirts of Cardiff.

The incident at the Atlantic Waste Management site in Newton Road, near Rumney, began at 01:30 GMT on Friday.

South Wales fire service said the blaze, involving plastic and timber, was likely to take days to deal with.

A spokesperson said waste was burning along with surrounding buildings, vehicles and gas cylinders.

South Wales Police said the site was five acres in size and there was a 200m exclusion zone in place because of the gas canisters. At least half the recycling unit is on fire.

The cause of the fire has not yet been established.

Pete Jenkins, the fire service's commander at the scene, told BBC Radio Wales: "There are a number of unknown gas cylinders involved in the fire which has presented a serious risk to firefighters.

"Our efforts up to now have been concentrating on cooling those cylinders to try to reduce the risk to firefighters on the scene."

Mr Jenkins said the site was fairly isolated and the closest homes were outside the exclusion zone.

He added: "The fire is surrounded [by fire crews] on three of four sides at the moment and we're supplying a lot of water to the fire.

"There is a large quantity of unburned material as well that we're working hard to prevent catching fire.

"We're confident we'll be able to deal with the incident but because of the nature of the recycling materials and the actual amount on site, I envisage this incident will take a number of days rather than hours."

There are nine fire pumps at the scene, and a high volume pump has been brought in to draw water from nearby ponds and drainage ditches.

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