PORT of Tyne bosses have said a riverside blaze that sparked a major fire alert is now under control.
About 50 firefighters were called to the Port at around 3pm on Friday to tackle a blaze in a storage shed containing biomass pellets.
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.
“There has been an incident affecting part of the wood pellet transfer facility on the South Estate in South Shields, resulting in some damage to an external conveyor transfer tower.
“The fire brigade is attendance. The situation is fully under control. No personnel were involved.”