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Asbestos released at Afan Lido site following fire

The pool area at the Afan Lido has been very badly damaged

Parents are being warned to keep their children away from the "dangerous" site of a leisure centre left seriously damaged by fire.

Initial assessments of the damage done to the Afan Lido in Aberafan showed previously sealed asbestos had been exposed during last Wednesday's blaze.

Earlier, South Wales Police and fire officials said the exact source of the blaze had still to be established.

But they said there was no evidence of suspicious circumstances.

Neath Port Talbot council has pledged that the seafront complex will either be replaced or rebuilt.

More than 100 firefighters tackled the outbreak, which led to nearby homes being evacuated and roads closed.

Following the assessment, Neath Port Talboth's chief executive Steve Phillips said the pool hall had been very badly damaged and the concrete structural frame had been affected.

"All the pool features, ceiling and fixtures have been destroyed. Previously sealed asbestos has been exposed in the pool area and the fire debris appears contaminated," he said.

"Further structural assessments will take place after Christmas, when the council will have further technical information available, in order to consider the future options for the Afan Lido structure."

The site has been fenced and is being patrolled 24 hours a day.

Mr Phillips added: "The level of damage indicates that the whole complex will be out of commission and unavailable for access for the foreseeable future and the council will be making further statements after Christmas about future options.

"We cannot emphasis strongly enough that parents should ensure their children stay away from this dangerous site for their own safety."

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