Posted: Wed 27th May 2020

Updated: Wed 27th May

Fire at Johnstown landfill site – “If you live locally close all windows and doors” due to “toxic fumes” for people living in or visiting the wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

Fire crews are attending the Hafod Quarry landfill site this evening in Johnstown.

It is thought the fire broke out just after 7pm this evening.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service have said of the ‘thick black smoke’ coming from the Bangor Road end of the site, “if you are local close all windows and doors whilst we deal with the incident.”

In an update just after 9pm the Fire and Rescue Service have said they were called at 7:13pm and there is around 1,000 square metres of the landfill site affected. Seven crews are attending, including a high volume pump from Llandudno and incident command unit from Rhyl.

In an update at 9:40pm the Fire and Rescue Service reiterated the message, noting it was due to “toxic fumes”.

Deputy Leader of Wrexham Council and Lead Member for Environment (and Johnstown Councillor) David Bithell has told us, “Our emergency planning team are liaising with the North Wales Fire service, and Enovert the site owners, the council have contacted NRW and Public protection. We will provide a further update when we receive information from all parties.”

Local Councillor Dana Davies has told us, “Currently fire crews are attending and there is lots of smoke in the surrounding area.”

“The site manager made his way to site as soon as the fire was reported and he has notified Natural Resources Wales.

“Can all resident who live in the vicinity of this site please close all windows as a precaution.”

Cllr Davies has said the Public Protection Team within Wrexham Council have been informed in line with local protocols.

Smoke from the fire can be seen for miles around.

More shortly.

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