LiveLarge fire in Pontypool

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Summary

  • Building 'well alight' on North Pontypool Industrial Estate
  • Smoke billowing across Pontypool
  • Blaze is at Brick Fabrications

5:36pm

A building inspector has been called by the fire service to see if there has been any structural damage to the building.

She said it is likely that fire crews will go back at set times throughout the night to inspect the scene.

5:34pm

A spokeswoman for South Wales Fire and Rescue said the cause of fire is believed to be “accidental”.

She added that the fire service is now scaling down its operation at the scene, which saw 57 firefighters and seven officers in attendance at the fire’s peak.

4:49pm

4:48pm

4:20pm

Firefighters at the scene on North Pontypool Industrial Estate in Pontnewynydd

South Wales Argus:

PIC: Becky Carr

4:18pm

Mike Perrott, who was at the scene, said his brother Adrian Perrott owns Pontypool Service Centre, the business attached to Brick Fabrication.
He said his niece Clara Perrott runs the office at the garage and was at the scene when the fire broke out.
Mr Perrott said: “I'm just concerned, I spoke to her [Clara] on the phone, I just wanted to make sure she's ok. I know there's smoke damage and the windows were blown out at the garage.
“They’re not allowed in there at the minute to access the damage.
“My nephew Richard, who also works there, said it’s got a lot better but he was actually at home having lunch when it started.”
Mr Perrott, a postman from Cwmbran, added that his brother was on holiday in Yorkshire for the Tour de France but was heading straight home.
The 54-year-old added: “Good job he wasn’t abroad.”

4:01pm

More pictures of the fire in Pontypool this afternoon:

3:50pm

South Wales Fire and Rescue say the fire is now under control. Firefighters have asked for help from gas and electric engineers to isolate all supplies.

 

3:29pm

Fire engine at the scene of the blaze:

South Wales Argus:

PIC: Mike Lewis

3:22pm

Workers evacuated from the scene watch the blaze take hold:

South Wales Argus:

PIC: Mike Lewis

3:21pm

A police officer at the scene of the blaze this afternoon:

South Wales Argus:

PIC: Mike Lewis

3:20pm

Gwent Police confirmed there are no casualties from the blaze and that it is "not thought to be suspicious at this time."

The spokeswoman said that emergency services were still at scene and a cordon remains in place. The industrial estate has been partially evacuated as a precaution.

They said they were called at 1.30pm.

3:13pm

South Wales Fire and Rescue confirmed the blaze is at Brick Fabrications - a single storey building around 100m by 100m. They say the blaze is "well-developed" and is contained within the building.

3:08pm

Some school buses have been cancelled because of the fire:

2:24pm

Andrea Pearce has told us the blaze also extends to a business next-door:

2:20pm

2:12pm

Two more engines are responding from Abertillery and Duffryn stations, bringing the total to eight fire engines involved.

2:09pm

Resident Royston Chick reported seeing the ‘massive fire’ from his home near the Riverside in Pontypool.
“From where I am it looks really bad,” he said.
“There is lots of black smoke coming up.”

2:06pm

The blaze is at at Brick Fabrications.

2:05pm

Eyewitness Richard John, a painter at Pontypool Accident Repair Centre next-door to the blazing building on the Pontnewynydd Industrial Estate said that the fire was "very big".
“The fire appears to be in the office part of the building but it is spreading,” he said.
“The fire brigade are at the scene and everyone appears to be evacuated,
“I have not heard reports of there being any injuries.
“We came back from lunch around 1pm -1.30pm and saw tons of black smoke pouring from the roof of the building and flames licking out of the roof.”

2:02pm

1:54pm

Are you near the scene? Send your pictures to newsdesk@southwalesargus.co.uk or tweet @southwalesargus

1:51pm

1:50pm

Another reader picture of the fire:

1:50pm

Fire crews from New Inn, Cwmbran, Abercarn, Maindee, Aberbargoed and Usk are at the scene.

1:48pm

Five fire engines, a water boswer and a ladder vehicle are at the scene.

1:46pm

Location of fire:

1:44pm

1:43pm

Firefighters are tackling a large fire at North Pontypool Industrial Estate in Pontnewynydd.

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6:02pm Sat 12 Jul 14

maltayl says...

I do not understand why the buildings have not got sprinkler systems. Would have caused some damage but nothing compared to the fire
I do not understand why the buildings have not got sprinkler systems. Would have caused some damage but nothing compared to the fire maltayl
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