CHIRK residents have been advised to ventilate their homes following a fire at a factory.

The Leader previously reported how crews from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service were called out after a blaze erupted at the Kronospan factory in the early hours of Monday.

Yesterday (Friday) the fire service said that the incident was in the recovery stage and firefighters were no longer at the scene.

The fire and rescue service has since released additional Public Health advice, as the odour left by the amount of burnt material "may be of concern to residents in addition to being unpleasant."

A spokesman said: "As we enter the recovery phase residents are advised to start to vent their properties to remove odours by opening windows.

"Odours associated with fires can cause annoyance, stress and anxiety, nausea, headaches or dizziness.

"These are common reactions to odours rather than to the substances that cause the smell.

"We are able to detect odours at levels that are much lower than can cause harm to health.”

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service will however, continue to monitor the situation and Kronospan staff are continuing with the process of damping down the affected wood pile, the fire service confirmed on Friday afternoon.

A spokesman added: "Agencies will continue to liaise with Kronospan in the coming days.

"The air quality monitoring unit deployed by Natural Resources Wales has now been stood down. The data collected during the monitoring is being analysed by Public Health Wales and the results will be available in due course.

"The multi-agency group coordinating the response to this agency would like to take this opportunity to thank all the agencies involved in this incident for their prompt and professional response.

"We would also like to thank residents for their cooperation and to reiterate that we understand their ongoing concerns relating to this and previous incidents and we will be answering individual queries now the initial incident is over."