Huge fire erupts causing ‘black, acrid smoke’ and locals warned to stay indoors

A huge fire has broken out in an industrial estate in Cardiff sending ‘black, acrid smoke’ in the air resulting in residents being warned to keep their windows closed.

Emergency crews are at the scene of the blaze in the Tremorfa area of the city and roads in the area have been closed.

One resident told Wales Online they had been nearby and had to flee the area because of the “black, acrid smoke”.

He said: “I could see big flames at the side of the building. Didn’t stay too long because of the black, acrid smoke.”

Another warned locals: “If you live in Cardiff, close all windows. Smoke and smell spreading rapidly with winds. If you live Tremorfa, Splott, Adamsdown, Pengam Green and potentially Roath or Rumney, close all windows.

“Huge fire happening right now in Tremorfa, Seawall Road and smoke and smell is spreading.”

Another third local called the fire “horrific”, saying: “Think that’s going to be going for a while.”

Shocked neighbours have reported smelling “burning plastic or chemicals” as they watch the flames climb higher.

One man said: “Big fire in Tremorfa and Splott is covered in smoke. Really stinks of burning plastic or chemicals.”

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service says: “Crews are attending a large fire involving tyres at Seawall Road. Please can residents in the area keep doors and windows closed.”

South Wales Police said: “Road closures are in place in the Seawall Road area of Cardiff due to an ongoing fire at an industrial estate. Officers were alerted by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service just before 7pm. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.”