Firefighters spend 14 hours tackling Tyne Dock fire

Emergency services called to a fire at a storage silo in the Tyne Dock, South Shields, spent almost 14 hours tackling the incident.

Thursday, 19th September 2019, 3:42 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th September 2019, 4:17 pm
Crews from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service attended the incident

Crews from South Shields and Hebburn were originally called to a fire 12.08pm on Tuesday, September 17, to a fire at a storage silo for biomass pellets at Tyne Dock.

The far is believed to have started accidentally when a welding spark caused dust to ignite.

Firefighters left the scene at 4.57pm but were called again just over 15 minutes later to a residual fire and remained at the scene until the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Crews from Sunderland and Tynemouth also attended the incident from the second call.

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Specialist equipment was used to pierce the structure and cool the inside for 90 minutes before hose reels were used to extinguish the flames.

At times, firefighters were working at a height of 40 metres using breathing apparatus.