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Mold factory fire: Firefighting efforts continue amid explosions

Fire crews are still battling a significant blaze at a factory in Mold, Flintshire, following reported explosions that have led to one person being hospitalised with minor injuries.

The incident at the Synthite site on Denbigh Road was attended by the North Wales Fire and Rescue service, who responded to the call at 2:06pm on Tuesday 30th April. Witnesses informed ITV Wales of hearing multiple loud explosions in the vicinity.

North Wales Police have advised the public to avoid the area, with the A541 Denbigh Road expected to remain closed for the foreseeable future, potentially impacting traffic on Wednesday.

Although the fire is now deemed under control, firefighting operations have continued throughout the night at the scene, as confirmed by the North Wales fire service. As of 8pm on Tuesday, four fire crews, along with the Hazardous Material Unit, Welfare Unit, and Aerial Ladder Platform, remained present, addressing reports of a fire in the production area.

North Wales Fire is being supported by colleagues from North Wales Police, WAST (Welsh Ambulance Service Trust), and various partner agencies including the Local Authority, Public Health Wales, and Natural Resources Wales.

In a statement, the fire service mentioned, “A coordinated multi-agency response is underway to resolve the incident safely, with road closures in place until deemed safe for reopening.”

Residents have been advised to keep windows and doors shut and to switch off air conditioning units as a precautionary measure.

Footage shared with ITV News depicts intense flames piercing the factory roof, accompanied by periodic explosions. Witnesses counted around eight or nine blasts.

Synthite, which specialises in the manufacturing and supply of formaldehyde and related products, has operated from the Mold site since the 1950s.