Fire at Tata steelworks plant in Wales under control, no major injuries

A series of blasts were heard from Tata's steel plant at the Port Talbot site in South Wales Friday morning

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File photo of a Tata Steel plant | Photo: Reuters

Tata Steel Ltd's Europe unit said on Friday a fire broke out at its Port Talbot site in South Wales but there were no major injuries and fire was now under control.

The Port Talbot site, which dates back to the early 1900s, was acquired by Tata Steel as part of its acquisition of Corus in 2007.

Port Talbot is home to one of the two integrated steelmaking sites that the company operates in Europe. The plant produces hot rolled, cold rolled and galvanized coil, among other types of steel.

"There was an incident at the Port Talbot site and there are no major injuries and all persons have been accounted for. All fires at the site are now under control," said Damien Brook, a spokesman for Tata Steel Europe.


Early this morning, a series of blasts were heard from Tata's steel plant at the Port Talbot site in South Wales, The Sun reported.

Only two casualties with minor injuries were reported from the site, South Wales Police tweeted.

"The fires has been extinguished, and that a full investigation launched into the incident, which it said started after a "spillage of liquid iron as it was travelling to the steel plant," Tata Steel said in a statement.

Early indications suggested the explosion came from a train used to carry molten metal, police was quoted as saying by the report.

"The explosion caused some small fires which are all under control and damage to some buildings on the site," the spokesman said.

Locals reported their houses shook with the force of a blast at the Tata Steel site in Port Talbot in the early hours of Friday.