Waste management and recycling firm Biffa suffered a fire at its Bessemer Close waste transfer station in the Leckwith area of Cardiff, which broke out yesterday afternoon (24 April).
Biffa has confirmed that the fire – which broke out shortly after 2.30 pm – was brought under control by crews from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.
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According to the company, the fire broke out in a waste disposal truck owned by a third party company visiting the site, although a full inquiry into the blaze has been launched to establish the cause.
In a statement, the company said: “Biffa can confirm that a fire broke out at our Cardiff transfer station at approximately 2.40 pm today. The area was evacuated immediately and there were no injuries sustained on site. Six fire service appliances attended the scene and the fire is now under control.
“The fire is thought to have started in a waste disposal truck owned by a third party visiting the site. The fire service investigation team is currently trying to establish the cause of the fire and Biffa will fully support them with their enquiries.”
South Wales Fire and Rescue service said that six pumps, two aerial appliances and four bowsers attended the scene, including two pumps from Cardiff Central, one from Roath, Penarth, Barry and Whitchurch are at the scene. The fire was brought under control at around 5pm yesterday.
Over 45 firefighters from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service were involved in the operation, which is thought to have involved 250 tonnes of waste.
Commenting on the incident yesterday, Dewi Rose, area manager for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said, “At 14:28 on Monday 24th April 2017, the Service responded to an emergency call relating to a fire at a waste management site in the Leckwith area of Cardiff.
“We have mobilised 13 different appliances including pumps, aerial ladder platforms and our environmental pod from a number of our stations to attend the incident. Our firefighters are currently tackling the fire and we are working with partner agencies, as well as the site owner to bring the fire to a successful conclusion so that we are able to limit building damage and overall impact of the business.”
Bill Purvis, from Natural Resources Wales added, “Our officers are on site, working with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service to provide advice and guidance on how to reduce the impact of the fire on the environment.
“Our main focus at the moment is to help contain the water being used to tackle the fire and make sure it doesn’t escape offsite and cause pollution.”
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