FIREFIGHTERS tackled a large blaze at Deeside Industrial Estate on Thursday evening.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service told the Leader a call came in shortly after 5.30pm on Thursday reporting the incident, on Deeside Industrial Estate.

Crews from Deeside, Flint, Mold, Holywell, St Asaph, Corwen, the Environmental Protection Unit from Wrexham and a crew from Chester attended the fire involving a large quantity of cardboard and plastic at a recycling centre on Deeside Industrial Estate last night.

Crews left the scene at 2.30am this morning when the fire had been extinguished.

A crew from Deeside will be attending the site to re inspect this morning.

The Leader:

Shotton councillor Mike Evans said you could not miss the black smoke blowing down the river and the smoke 'could be seen for miles'.

Connah's Quay councillor Bernie Attridge added: "The smoke was very visible from my house. There were lots of concerns locally when North Wales Fire and Rescue Service asked people to close windows and stay inside.

"It concerns me greatly after the fire at Hafod Wrexham and then this one a few hours later. I believe better regulations are needed to protect the public health of residents."

Six fire crews were deployed to tackle the blaze.

In a tweet on Thursday evening, the fire service said: “We are asking people and motorists to avoid the Deeside Industrial Estate in Flintshire as NWFRS deal with a large fire involving tonnes of household waste.

“We are asking residents in Connah’s Quay and Flint to close their windows and doors as smoke from the fire at Deeside Industrial Estate is currently drifting in that direction. Thank you for your cooperation.”

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Aston councillor Helen Brown told the Leader the smoke could clearly be seen from her ward.

She added: “It’s really thick, black smoke and it looks like it is drifting.”

The fire service confirmed at 8.30pm that six crews remained at the scene tackling the flames.

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