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Second Kronospan Factory Fire in One Year – Residents taking Legal Action

A second major factory fire in the space of 12 months, occurred on Tuesday 31st July at Kronospan’s Wrexham factory.

The factory fire was alerted to the fire authorities at around 10:00 pm on the Tuesday night. Five fire engines and in addition to two aerial ladder platforms, including 30 crew members were sent to fight the fire outbreak.

The fire at the wood-based panelling factory originated from one of the factory’s filter tower chimneys. Spectators watched on as smoke and flames ripped up the factory walls.

Thankfully, there were no casualties reported as a result of the inferno.

Terry Evans, Chirk’s south councillor commented:

“The fire service and the staff did an excellent job and we’re glad that no-one was hurt”

The fire was luckily confined to the single chimney and was successfully suppressed at just before 1:00 am.

Specialist investigations into the cause of the second Kronospan factory fire have since been underway. Speculation into the cause is said to be accidental and down to an electrical fault of a transformer unit.

The preceding fire that occurred at the same Kronospan factory had put the business under deep scrutiny after local residents experienced a heavy amount of dust emission as a result of the blaze. Consequently, due to such poor conditions with air pollution issues after the first fire, the residents are now taking legal action against the factory.

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Original Sources: BBC News | Daily Post | Shropshire Star

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