Llangennech train fire: Blaze extinguished as British Transport Police move onto scene

The fire service has extinguished the huge freight train fire in Llangennech near Llanelli. The incident was reported just before 11.20pm on Wednesday (August 26) when three carriages of a freight train carrying a large amount of diesel were alight. Flames from the fire could be seen from miles around and hundreds of people in the area were evacuated from their homes.

Two workers were on the train but were not injured and raised the alarm. An evacuation zone was put in place and police contacted residents and asked them to go to Bryn School and Llangennech Community Centre. They were allowed back in to their homes at around 5.30am.

On Friday morning, Mid and West Wales Fire Service has issued a statement that the blaze has now been extinguished. It means British Transport Police and Network Rail can move onto the scene. A statement read: “Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have extinguished the fire, involving a freight train, near Pontarddulais Road, Llangennech, Carmarthenshire.

“Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service handed over the scene to British Transport Police and Network Rail at 08.30am on Friday, August 28.” British Transport Police Superintendent Andy Morgan said at a briefing on Thursday that around 300 people had been affected. Natural Resources Wales were also at the scene but said they could not fully assess the environmental impact of the diesel spill until the fire is under control.

There were reports of diesel leaking into the River Loughor and the Loughor Estuary on Thursday evening but a full assessment of the spillage was not possible as the scene was deemed too unsafe. Bill Kelly, Network Rail route director for Wales thanked the local community for their understanding. He said: “Our priority in Network Rail is moving onto the site as soon as it is safe to do so we can start the recovery operation and retaining the infrastructure.

“Obviously our main priority is to ensure there is a minimal environmental impact and that’s what our teams will be focusing on when we are given the go ahead to do so by the emergency services, in particular the fire service.”

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