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Kronospan Factory, Chirk Ablaze Again

Investigations have begun into the cause of yet another fire at the Kronospan factory, Chirk in Wrexham county borough.

North Wales Fire and Rescue were called to the blaze at the Kronospan Factory, a factory that manufactures wood-based-panels, just before 5:00am on Friday 8 September.

Six fire crews from Chirk, Wrexham, Johnstown, Llangollen, Deeside and Shropshire were called to the scene to help contain the fire.

It was said that the fire was confined to wood chip within a silo area and the blaze was put out shortly before 12:00.

Thankfully, no-one was hurt and the company said it was working with the fire service to determine the cause of the blaze.

This is one of many fires at Kronospan over the recent years, with as many as nine fires since 2006.

  • August 2006 – Fire in ducting production area
  • April 2007 – Fire in building above the dryer’s furnace
  • September 2007 – Fire in processing section
  • September 2010 – fire in industrial dryer
  • 2012 – Five fires at the premises, one in June, two in July, one in October and one in November.

A prohibition notice was served on 3 gas engines in February 2017 by the Health and Safety Executive. This was during investigations into a “failure to prevent a gas explosion”.

A number of residents living in close proximity have complained about the amount of dust coming from the factory.

71 families are involved in planned action against Kronospan, as they claim they cannot open their windows because of dust emanating from the factory.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and a statement by the Kronopan Factory said: “We are now in the process of investigating how it started and our engineers will continue to work closely with the North Wales Fire and Rescue service to determine this.”

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