PORT of Tyne bosses spent the weekend investigating the cause of a blaze that sparked a major fire alert.
Crews from across the North East were called to the port in Tyne Dock, South Shields, after a fire broke out in a tower storing wood biomass pellets.
About 50 firefighters from across the North East were on the scene of the fire, which happened at 3pm on Friday.
A spokeswoman for the Port of Tyne said a clean-up operation is now under way.
She said: “After a fire which broke out in a conveyor transfer tower at the Port of Tyne on Friday, work has begun to assess and repair the damage and determine the cause.
“The structure is external to the main wood pellet storage facility at the port.
“It provides the varying heights needed to connect conveyors transferring wood pellet to the rail loading silo.
“The fire was quickly brought under control by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.
“They remained on site overnight to ensure the material did not reignite, and we are grateful for their assistance.
The facility was expected to in operation again by today.
Wood pellets from the port are used in power stations to generate electricity.
Nine crews were called to the port and Keith Trotter, group manager with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said it had been a difficult and dangerous fire to access and deal with.
He added: “At the peak of the fire, crews applied six cooling water jets to dampen down the blaze.
“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.
“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.”
No one was injured in the fire.
The Port of Tyne began handling biomass after the £20m facility was launched in 2010.
Earlier this year, it revealed plans to spend £180m in expanding its biomass operation.