A FIRE which was reported at the Tata Steel plant in Port Talbot, south Wales has been put out, The Sun reports. The blaze is belived to have been caused by an expolsion in the coke oven at around 8am. Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service has said the blaze has now been extinguished but six crews and an arial applince remain on standby at the scene.
Onlooker Mike O’Neill said: “My car shook with the explosion as I drove past. I can see massive 100ft flames. There was also a huge plume of black smoke.” Nearby resident Pete Thomas added: “It is amazing that no-one was hurt because the explosion was huge. “We often hear bangs and see fire but this was something else.”
A spokeswoman for the fire service said: “We have got six appliances there from Port Talbot, Neath, Morriston and an aerial appliance from Swansea West. “As it stands this is an isolated incident and the power supply has been re-established. The crews are on standby just in case anything should escalate.” A South Wales Police spokesman said: “We understand it is a contained fire on site. We believe it to be quite minor. We are waiting for an update from the fire service, which has primary control.”
The Welsh Ambulance service said one ambulance and one rapid response vehicle are attending the scene but there are currently no reports of injuries. Last month the steel giant announced 750 job cuts at the site among over a thousand jobs going across the UK.