Recycling plant fire extinguished

Fire crews have extinguished a fire at UK Wood Recycling on Teesside. It has been ongoing since December 23.

Teesside recycling plant fire extinguished

A fire at a wood recycling plant on Teesside that broke out before Christmas has now been extinguished.

Steve McCarten, from Cleveland Fire Brigade, said:

"The fire fighting strategy taken was to control the incident while it burnt itself out.

This was seen as the best course of action in terms of safety and minimising the impact on local residents.

In the closing stages, we were then in a position to dampen down the stack of wood and the fire has now been extinguished by ourselves and SembCorp Fire services using jets and monitors."

– Steve McCarten, Cleveland Fire Brigade

Reaction: Recycling plant fire "could burn for days"

Firefighters say a blaze at a recycling plant on Teesside could burn for several more days.

The fire at the Wilton site near Redcar started a week ago in a pile of 16 thousand tonnes of wood.

It was brought under control but high winds have fanned the flames, causing the fire to spread and smoke to blow across the town.

Redcar MP Ian Swales and Vicki Hughes from UK Wood Recycling gave this reaction.

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Week-long Teesside recycling plant fire

UK Wood Recycling on Teesside
UK Wood Recycling on Teesside Credit: ITV

Fire crews are still dealing with a fire at a recycling plant on Teesside.

They were called to UK Wood Recycling on December 23.

The company say high winds at Wilton caused the fire to spread and they are trying to move as much unaffected wood as possible.

The fire is still burning after a week Credit: ITV
Fire crews are controlling the fire at Wilton Credit: ITV