Firefighters are currently tackling a significant fire at an industrial estate in south Wales, with one individual still missing.
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service is actively addressing the fire in Pontypridd across multiple sections. While authorities have reported no severe injuries, the local MP mentioned the presence of individuals with minor injuries.
Social media images captured the aftermath, depicting a structure engulfed in flames and smoke at Treforest Industrial Estate.
Following a massive explosion around 19:00 GMT yesterday evening (Wednesday, December 13), at least one building was obliterated, leading to the declaration of a “major incident” that lasted for several hours.
A two-story building is at risk of collapsing, prompting the deployment of seven pumps and an incident command unit by the fire service.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dewi Rose said: “At 7.05pm this evening SWFRS responded to repeat calls about an explosion at Mindset Gym, Rizla House, Severn Road on Treforest Industrial Estate, Pontypridd.
“SWFRS currently has 16 pumping appliances, a number of special appliances and officers in attendance. The latest from the scene is that the building, a large multi-use use two storey, commercial premises, is totally alight and at risk of collapse.
“Our partners from South Wales Police, WAST, Wales & West Utilities, NRW, RCTCBC, CTMUHB and National Grid are supporting us to deal with the incident, and at the moment our focus is firmly fixed on the emergency response.”
Road closures persist in the area as an investigation into the cause unfolds. The fire engulfed a 60,000 sq ft warehouse named Rizla House, home to 13 commercial units including a gym, towel manufacturer, food laboratory, and telecoms service company.
For hours, the Cwm Taf Morgannwg health board placed all emergency departments on high alert, later standing down on Wednesday. They’ve urged the public to judiciously utilize urgent care services, ensuring timely care for those most in need.
Significant road closures remain in place and the public is requested to avoid the area.