Kronospan fire: One year on and still waiting for answers

Plaid MS calls for inquiry report to be published

It’s a year today that a serious fire started at the Kronospan wood chip plant in Chirk and there is still no sign of the findings of the report into the incident.

Calls for the investigation report into Kronospan fire to be made public were reiterated by Plaid Cymru’s North Wales MS Llyr Gruffydd, who has campaigned for greater safety for both factory staff and the wider local community.

He said: “The fire had a huge impact on the local community as the log fire burned for days. Residential areas of Chirk were badly affected by the smoke and there were some people taken to hospital as a precaution, although thankfully nobody appears to have been badly affected.

“As this was the 17th fire in 18 years at the plant, I felt it was important to have a thorough and independent inquiry. We were initially told the inquiry into the fire and what caused it would be made public by April last year. While I completely understand that the Covid pandemic has been a new public protection priority – and the same department has had to deal with the Hafod fire in Johnstown – the people affected by the Kronospan fire deserve to have answers to their questions.

“Why did this happen? How can we ensure it never happens again and what impact did it have on the local community’s health?

Mr Gruffydd added: “I have written to Wrexham Council asking for an update on this inquiry and think it’s only fair the people of Chirk get a timescale for its release.”

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