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Fire at Llandow waste storage facility

Frequently asked questions

The fire at a waste storage facility near to Llandow in the Vale of Glamorgan has now been extinguished. 


To help keep local residents informed about the situation and the action that was taken we have put together the following list of answers to the most frequently asked questions.

 

  • Where was the fire?
    The fire was contained to Hangers A&B at a private waste storage off Llantwit Major Road near to Llandow. The facility is operated by a Siteserv Ltd. It is not a Council run facility and none of the waste collected by the Vale of Glamorgan Council is stored there.
  • Who dealt with the fire?
    There was a multiagency response to the fire. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS), Natural Resources Wales (NRW), Public Health Wales, and the Vale of Glamorgan Council all worked to tackle the fire and limit its impact. As this is a private facility, the onsite security team also assisted in managing the situation.
  • How long was the building on fire?

    The initial call to SWFRS was received at around 7pm Thursday 2 March. The fire service declared the incident 'closed' on Thursday 16 March.  

  • What materials were burning?
    The facility is permitted to store various forms of non-hazardous household, commercial and industrial waste. There is also no evidence that this fire involved asbestos either in the waste materials or building itself.
  • Is the smoke that is still visible dangerous?

    Fires involving these types of waste materials are, unfortunately, relatively common and as a result there is considerable information on the risk they present to public health.

     

    The smoke from this fire will contain a mixture of irritant gases, combustion products and solid particles. These substances can be irritating to the eyes, nose and throat and may cause coughing, wheezing, breathlessness and chest pain. For most people, these symptoms will disappear very quickly and will not lead to long-term health problems.

     

    People who have medical conditions such as asthma and heart complaints (including angina) may be particularly susceptible to the smoke and should carry their medication at all times and use as needed.

    In addition the smoke can be acrid with odours that are unpleasant and annoying. As a result you may also smell smoke in the area but this will usually be below levels where it is harmful to health.

  • What should I do if I feel unwell when exposed to the smoke?

     If you do experience coughing, wheezing, breathlessness or chest pain after exposure to the smoke these symptoms should pass quickly. However, if your symptoms persist or you are concerned about your health contact your GP or call NHS Direct 0845 4647

    We do not expect that exposure to the smoke will lead to any long-term health problems. 

    People who may be particularly susceptible to the smoke, such as those with asthma and heart complaints, should carry and use their medication as needed.  If you suffer from asthma and the smoke triggers an asthma attack, use the inhalers you normally use to relieve the attack.

  • What should I do with food grown in my garden or allotment?

     As a precaution you should thoroughly wash and where appropriate peel food grown in gardens or allotments in areas that have been affected by the smoke. 

    If in any doubt or if produce is visibly damaged by ash or soot, it should not be consumed.  Root crops should not be affected and can be used as normal.

  • What should I do when driving through the smoke?

    Those travelling in the area should avoid driving into smoke if possible and always follow instructions given by the emergency services. If you cannot avoid driving through smoke - slow down, drive with care, turn off the air conditioning, close windows and air vents and if necessary use your headlights.




 

 Vale of Glamorgan Council Press Release