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Crews tackle large blaze at Blaenavon recycling plant

Large fire at Blaenavon. (Herald Photographer Thomas Winstone)

OVER 60 firefighters have been tackling a fire which broke out at a plastics recycling facility in Torfaen.

South Wales and Mid and Wales Fire Services sent 14 appliances and seven officers to Capital Valley Plastics, in Blaenavon, at roughly 9:40pm on Saturday.

Flames could be seen for miles around Blaenavon, Gwent, as the fire engulfed a unit on an Kays & Kears Industrial estate, believed to be a plastics factory.

The fire, which was “well-alight”, left no-one injured, a spokeswoman said.

Lrage clouds of smoke came from the fire (Herald Photographer Thomas Winstone)

The neighbouring properties were advised to keep doors and windows closed due to a “large smoke plume” coming from the fire.

Two fire engines and a high volume pump have now scaled it down.

As of 8.30am on Sunday, there were three appliances still in attendance as well as specialist equipment.

It is understood the fire has been extinguished but crews remain at the scene to dampen down the hotspots.

Travel disruptions in the area are expected after Gwent Police closed the road to allow crews to deal with the incident.