Tyne & Wear

Fire crews tackle wooden pellets blaze at Port of Tyne

Firefighters have contained a blaze involving tonnes of stockpiled wooden pellets at the Port of Tyne.

Almost 40 firefighters from stations across Tyneside were called to the port's biomass storage facility in South Shields, early on Sunday.

Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade said there were no reported injuries, but that about 25 tonnes of wood was ablaze.

The facility stores "biomass" fuel, which is used at Drax power station in North Yorkshire.

Minimal impact

A brigade spokesman said efforts were made to prevent the fire spreading to the rest of the estimated 200 tonnes of stockpiled pellets at the site.

A spokeswoman for the port said: "Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service attended a fire at a cargo-handling building at the Port of Tyne.

"There was no damage to property and there was minimal impact on port operations.

"The fire was brought under control and contained within the facility."

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