Roads disrupted as docklands tyre fire continues

13 July 2016

Firefighters are still tackling a large blaze that took hold in a waste tyre dump on Port Talbot’s Dock Road late on Tuesday night, and roads around Port Talbot continue to be disrupted this morning.

Mid and West Wales Fire Service reported overnight that 100 firefighters and 21 appliances were on the scene at the height of the fire, while 75 firefighters are still tackling the blaze this morning, according to a BBC report.

Nobody is reported to have been hurt, but local residents are advised to keep doors and windows shut due to thick smoke.

Currently, Afan Way (the A4241) is shut in both directions between Victoria Road and the junction with Water Street.

Last year, the South Wales Evening Post reported that the Dock Road site contained 10,000 illegally dumped tyres, and that National Resource Wales were so concerned about the possibility of a fire there, they took emergency measures and prosecuted the site’s owner, Dennis Egan. They estimated it would take £200,000 to clear the site.

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