NATURAL Resources Wales has issued an updated response to the fire that broke out in the Synthite Factory in Mold.

On April 30 emergency services were called to a blaze at the chemical plant on Denbigh Road.

There were multiple explosions and people living nearby are being urged to keep windows and doors closed.

Despite an initial statement from the company stating no chemicals had been released as a result of the blaze, concerns were raised when fish were found dead in the River Alyn days later.

In the latest statement by Natural Resources Wales, a spokesperson said: "A multi-agency recovery plan is now in place following the factory fire on Denbigh Road, Mold, and its subsequent effects on the environment.

"The clean-up operation of the incident site is now in recovery phase and our multi-agency partners continue to work together to reduce any impacts on the local community and the environment.

"Partners will have oversight as the company, and their specialist contractors, remove materials from the site, to ensure that there are no additional impacts.

"Extensive water sampling had been taking place since the fire, and the monitoring work shows that water quality remains within statutory limits. We have now returned to our routine water sampling of the Alyn.


"Regulatory partners will be conducting their own investigations into the fire and its impacts.

"The Animal and Plant Health Agency continue to advise as a precaution that pets and livestock do not drink from the River Alyn."

Flintshire County Council confirmed the A541 Denbigh Road reopened last week.