By Denna Bowman
The cost of tackling a fire which burned for more than three weeks at a tyres factory in Swansea will exceed £1.5 million.
The local council will be covering most of the bill after around 5,000 tonnes of shredded tyres went up in flames at the Mettoys factory in mid-June.
The factory in Fforestfach was largely demolished so fire crews could remove the burning waste before immersing it in large water-filled tanks, according to a BBC news report.
While the police and the fire service are jointly investigating the cause of the fire, Swansea Council is set to discuss the cost at its next cabinet meeting on Thursday.
A spokesperson for the council said: “The Fforestfach tyre fire which started on 16 June was significant and the first of its kind in Wales.
“It required a major intervention by the council and other statutory bodies.
“While occurring on private land and given the personal and environmental risks, the council had no choice but to fund the required expenditure in the first instance.
“The final cost is now being assessed but it will exceed £1.5m.
“While steps will be taken to recover this cost from the occupier, it’s likely there will be a significant cost to the council.
“Financial assistance from the Welsh Government is available under its emergency financial assistance scheme.
“If agreed, there will be a reduced funding requirement but a residual cost in excess of about £1m is likely.”