MID and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service statement on Baglan Energy Park, Port Talbot
Today, 13 August 2023, agencies remain on the scene of an ongoing incident at Baglan Energy Park, Port Talbot.
On Friday evening, 11 August 2023, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service received reports of a large-scale fire at an electric substation in Baglan Energy Park.
At its height, around 30 Firefighters and specialist personnel were on the scene to deal with the incident. Following an extended period of proactive firefighting, the incident was brought under control and the scene stabilised.
Throughout Friday night and into Saturday, specialist defensive tactics have been used to ensure the fire remained contained and the risk of further spread minimised.
Craig Flannery, Assistant Chief Fire Officer at Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “Over the weekend and into today, in collaboration with South Wales Police, Natural Resources Wales and Neath Port Talbot Council, continuous monitoring of the site has taken place to ensure the scene remains safe.
“During this time, we have seen reignitions of fire and our operational crews have dealt with those accordingly.
“There continues to be a small number of fires burning and we will monitor the scene until we are satisfied the fire is out and the scene is safe.”
Whilst the outcomes of an investigation are yet to be concluded, it appears at this stage that the incident is a result of a deliberate act of arson.
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are reminding the public that not only are those who set deliberate fires endangering themselves, but they are also endangering the lives of crews at the scene, especially at large, complex and dangerous sites such as Baglan Bay Power Station.
Starting a deliberate fire is a criminal offence. You can report a deliberate fire anonymously by calling Cymru/Wales CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111. In an emergency, always call 999.