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M4 shut after fire in the Brynglas Tunnel

Firefighters are tackling a blaze on the Westbound bore of the Brynglas tunnel on the M4, south Wales, following a fire on a lorry this morning.

According to the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, six fire engines from Maindee, Malpas, Cwmbran, Duffryn and Caerphilly Station have attended the incident.

The lorry was well alight when the first crews arrived on scene and Firefighters are working quickly to bring the incident under control and contain the fire.

No other vehicles were involved in the fire. The driver within the lorry got out safely and there were no injuries.

It is unclear the extent of the damage of the tunnel.

The M4 has been closed in both directions between J24 A48 / A449 (Coldra) and J28 A48 / A4072 (Tredegar Park). A diversion via the south of Newport on the A48 Southern Distributor Road is in place.

“On approach to the incident crews were faced with large volumes of black smoke issuing from the Western side of the tunnel,” said South Wales Fire and Rescue Service incident commander Adrian Moyes.

“One lorry was well alight on arrival and crews were immediately employed to ensure no persons remained within this or any other vehicle within the tunnel”. They then proceeded to tackle the blaze and are bringing the incident under control.”

“Following liaison with other partner agencies the incident is being quickly dealt with.”

Readers' comments (1)

  • I came across a BBC video of Welsh Minister Carl Sargeant AM talking about today's fire in the Brynglas Tunnel. According to his page on the welsh goverment site (http://wales.gov.uk/about/cabinet/cabinetm/carlsargeant?lang=en) he is responsible for highway construction projects amongst other things.

    In the BBC video, (link below) he talks about "architects" assessing the structural damage. It seems pretty bad that a guy in his position doesn't know the difference between an Engineer and Architect. If he doesn't know, it is hardly suprising that the general public struggle with it too. People will hear this statement on the news and it will reinforce the stereotype in some minds that Engineers are domestic repair men and Architects design and repair important things!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/int/news/-/news/uk-wales-14296826

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