Welsh tunnel fire prompts "thorough" investigation

26 July 2011

Posted by Samuel Couratin

A fire in a tunnel on the M4 in Wales will result in a "full and thorough investigation", it has been revealed.

The Brynglas conduit in Newport was the site of a substantial blaze after a lorry started to burn, leading to its closure in both directions.

In a statement on the incident, a Spokesperson for the Welsh Assembly Government said: "Due to the severity of the fire, emergency services will require that the tunnels remain closed until a full and thorough investigation and structural examination is completed."

The conflagration broke out this morning (July 26th), with diversionary routes put in place as experts ascertain whether the tunnel now poses any risk to the health and safety of road users or emergency services workers.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has published a statement noting firefighters were mobilized at 08:33 BST, with six appliances attending the blaze, which did not involve any other vehicles.

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