Corpse discovered following blast and inferno at industrial estate in southern Wales

A severe explosion occurred at an industrial estate in Rhondda Cynon Taf on Wednesday evening, resulting in the destruction of at least one building.

Following the explosion and fire at a south Wales industrial estate, search teams have discovered a body. The incident took place at Treforest industrial estate in Rhondda Cynon Taf, and almost 24 hours later, the police confirmed the presence of a deceased individual.

South Wales police stated, “Officers have located a body after searching the site. Although identification has not yet been completed, trained officers are providing support to the missing person’s family.”

Det Supt Richard Jones expressed his condolences, stating, “Our thoughts are with the family. Now that the fire is under control, we will begin the investigative phase to determine the cause of the explosion and subsequent fire.”

“Roads are gradually reopening, although some may still be affected. We appreciate the patience and understanding of local residents and businesses during this incident,” he added.

A joint investigation team, consisting of personnel from south Wales fire and rescue service, south Wales police, and the Health and Safety Executive, is currently on site to determine the cause of the explosion and fire.

The explosion occurred on Wednesday at around 7pm at Rizla House, a two-storey building on Severn Road. Three individuals received treatment from the Welsh ambulance service at the scene.

Richard Hayward, the landlord of Rizla House, described a significant explosion on the ground floor of the building. Tenants in the building included a car restorer, a towel supplier, and a gym.

Lucy Artiss, a tattoo artist at Sixteen Circles in Rizla House, expressed her devastation, stating, “Our tattoo shop has been destroyed.” She mentioned that everyone managed to evacuate through a fire exit and expressed her sadness at losing such a beloved workplace.

Witnesses reported that nearby buildings trembled from the force of the explosion. Jonny Foxhall, the owner of Green Rooms, a nearby music venue, mentioned that their front door was forcefully opened and described feeling the shock wave of the explosion for the first time.

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