Large fire in Pontypool
Updated 5:36pm Tuesday 8th July 2014 in News
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- Building 'well alight' on North Pontypool Industrial Estate
- Smoke billowing across Pontypool
- Blaze is at Brick Fabrications
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.
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.
Firefighters at the scene on North Pontypool Industrial Estate in Pontnewynydd
PIC: Becky Carr
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.”
More pictures of the fire in Pontypool this afternoon:
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.
Fire engine at the scene of the blaze:
PIC: Mike Lewis
Workers evacuated from the scene watch the blaze take hold:
PIC: Mike Lewis
A police officer at the scene of the blaze this afternoon:
PIC: Mike Lewis
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.
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.
Some school buses have been cancelled because of the fire:
Large fire in Torfaen,no school buses running.Pupils need to be picked or walk home extra staff on duty should pupils need to wait for lift— West Monmouth School (@wms1898) July 8, 2014
Andrea Pearce has told us the blaze also extends to a business next-door:
@southwalesargus fire in Pontypool: brick fabrication is also on fire. Son works there and just phoned to say he's safe.— Andrea Pearce (@spiritangelrose) July 8, 2014
Two more engines are responding from Abertillery and Duffryn stations, bringing the total to eight fire engines involved.
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.”
The blaze is at at Brick Fabrications.
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.”
Another reader picture of the fire:
Fire crews from New Inn, Cwmbran, Abercarn, Maindee, Aberbargoed and Usk are at the scene.
Five fire engines, a water boswer and a ladder vehicle are at the scene.
Location of fire:
Big smoke cloud in Pontypool pic.twitter.com/7o3jQDrL0v— Gareth Davies (@DIcftorfaen) July 8, 2014
Firefighters are tackling a large fire at North Pontypool Industrial Estate in Pontnewynydd.