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North Wales factory explosion and fire causes evacuation of 200

29 August 2012

A major blaze broke out after an explosion at Ifor Williams Trailers on Deeside Industrial Estate in North Wales on August 28. About 70 workers at the horse box and trailer manufacturer, and 135 at neighbouring Dailycer, were evacuated while fire crews rushed to the scene. Nobody was injured in the incident, shortly before 1pm.

Investigations were underway last night to find out what caused the explosion and fire, and whether there was any environmental impact. It was not known what had exploded and whether the explosion sparked the blaze, or vice-versa, but it is understood the structure of the building was rocked by the explosion and its impact was being assessed.

Officials say fire crews put out the blaze without contaminating the nearby river Dee.

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