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Welsh semi-conductor plant hit by explosion and fire.

23 December 2014

On December 21, a blast and fire at Pure Wafer Limited's Swansea industrial unit led to police advising local residents to keep their windows and doors closed to exclude noxious vapours. There were no reported casualties and 68 firefighters with eight appliances attended the blaze. 

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A local resident quoted by the BBC said he heard the sound of gas escaping and then a loud explosion, even though his home was half a mile from the site. He said one of four storage tanks had been destroyed and the fire service said they are protecting a large oxygen and nitrogen store at the site.

Water has been pumped from the River Tawe to tackle the flames, as officers from Natural Resources Wales helped to minimise the environmental impact of the fire.

Incident Commander Area Manager Chis Margetts for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that around 18 people were evacuated from the building before crews arrived at the site.

Pure Wafer Limited is an international semi-conductor recycling company which has its headquarters in Swansea. The company website says that the company has facilities in South Wales and Arizona, with a turnover of £22.5m and 227 staff.

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