A file photo of Tata Steel plant in Port Talbot, South Wales. (Reuters)
A file photo of Tata Steel plant in Port Talbot, South Wales. (Reuters)

Two injured in Tata Steel UK plant blast

  • Tata Steel confirmed that the fire had been caused by a train carrying molten metal and that an investigation has been launched into the incident
  • No serious injuries have been reported

Tata Steel Ltd. said it has extinguished all fires at its plant in Port Talbot after reporting an incident at the mill in South Wales early Friday.

The company said emergency services were assisting its workers and two employees were slightly injured when there was a spillage of liquid iron while it was traveling to the steel plant, according to posts on Twitter. No serious injuries have been reported, it said, adding that a full investigation has begun.

“Early indications are that the seat of the explosion was a train which carries molton metal into the works," the South Wales police said in a statement. "The explosion caused some small fires which are all under control and damage to some buildings on the site."

Emergency services remain on scene and all staff are accounted for, the police said. There is no need for concerns regarding hazardous effects from the smoke from the fire as per South West Fire and Rescue Service, it said.

Tata Steel acquired the Port Talbot facility in 2007 when it bought Corus for $12 billion. Weak performance of the UK business lead to Tata selling off some of its assets in the region and the Mumbai-based company is now in the process of merging its British and Netherlands operations with Thyssenkrupp AG.

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