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MoD investigates Royal Mint fire.

MINISTRY of Defence police are to investigate why fire broke out at the Royal Mint.

Neighbouring factories had to be evacuated because of the intensity of flames and smoke coming from the 4,000sqm building in Llantrisant.

Nearby homes were not evacuated, but residents were advised to keep their windows closed as a precaution.

A South Wales Police spokeswoman said the blaze produced a "great deal of smoke".

Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Steve Jones said: "Though this was a serious fire, it was contained within one building and the immediate area.

"The fire service has confirmed that there was no risk to the public from smoke or chemicals.

"The investigation into the cause of the fire will now be carried out by the MoD Police, who have responsibility for the site.

"At this stage it is not believed to be suspicious." A spokeswoman for South Wales Fire and Rescue service said the blaze broke out at the site, near Ynysmaerdy, just before 11pm on Wednesday.

The 100m-by-40m building and surrounding machinery were alight by the time crews arrived but no-one was injured.

The fire was brought under control by 1.40am yesterday.

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Date:Jul 31, 2009
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