A FIRE chief has praised his crews’ handling of the biomass plant fire at the Port of Tyne today.
Group Manager Keith Trotter, of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The fire was in a conveyor transfer tower at Port of Tyne. This is used to transfer wood pellet from the main storage facility to the rail loading silo. Access to the seat of the fire was difficult and dangerous.
“At the peak of the fire, crews applied six cooling water jets to dampen down the fire. It was a particularly challenging incident and we had to re-assess how we tackled the fire due to the difficult conditions our fire crews faced.
“Fire crews, who were mobilised from all over Tyne and Wear, should be praised for their professionalism and swift actions which helped to get the fire under control quickly.
“Firefighters will remain on-site for some time to ensure the fire does not re-ignite and we would like to thank the Port of Tyne for their assistance.”
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service’s Control Room received a call about the incident at the Port of Tyne at 15:02.
At its peak approximately 50 firefighters were in attendance, nine fire appliances, one ariel ladder platform, an operational support unit and an incident command unit.
No one was injured in the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation.