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Swansea factory tyre fire finally over

  • 7-8-2011

A fire that has been burning for more than three weeks at a factory in Swansea used to store shredded tyres has been finally put out.

Around 5,000 tonnes of rubber has been alight at Fforestfach since 16 June.

The former Mettoys factory was largely demolished so fire crews could remove the burning waste before immersing it in large water-filled tanks.

Firefighters said it was the first fire of its kind in Wales and had presented challenges they had not faced before.

Group manger Roger Thomas of the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: "This was a very complex fire which has posed a number of unique challenges for the agencies involved.

"Similar fires elsewhere have burned for many months because the burning material is so difficult to extinguish.

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