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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

Fire at recycling plant

Fire crews are dealing with a blaze at a recycling plant.

They were called to UK Wood Recycling on Teesside after a fire broke out in the early hours of December 23.

The fire began in a stack of wood and is being controlled by the emergency fire service from Sembcorp - who own the Wilton Site - and Cleveland fire and rescue.

The company say high winds caused the fire to spread and they are moving as much unaffected wood as possible.

"We apologise to any local residents who are being affected by smoke of ash in the vicinity of UK Wood Recycling.

"The fire is under control and we have been advised by the fire specialists to let it burn itself out. We would just advise people to keep their windows and doors closed."

– Vicki Hughes, Group Business Development Director, UK Wood Recycling

The cause of the fire is not thought to be suspicious and the company say there will be a full investigation into the fire once it is out.

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North East Local Enterprise Partnership meet with Vince Cable

North East LEP Chair Paul Woolston

Business Secretary Vince Cable met with members of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership Board as part of his visit to Teesside on Monday.

On the table for discussion was an update on the region's Finance for Business scheme, which providis equity and loan finance to new and growing businesses.

North East LEP Chair, Paul Woolston, says he is delighted to see the partnership's strategic leadership in action.

“Opportunities like this to accentuate the positives about our future plans are extremely valuable. We need to continue to build on the ownership that the North East LEP is demonstrating.

“Meeting the Secretary of State in a part of the region with a huge future ahead of it is testament to the broad based and well-balanced economy of the North East.”

Redcar MP welcomes new Teesside apprentice scheme

The Redcar MP Ian Swales has welcomed the introduction of a new apprentice and 'fast track' graduate scheme at the Sembcorp site on Teesside.

Vince Cable, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, is visiting the Wilton International plant today to launch the new scheme.

"I look forward to seeing this contract get up and running.

"There has been a lot of hard work from the team at Sembcorp to get to this point and it is an exciting project.

"Apprenticeships are vital for this area, and I am delighted that the Government has backed a further 300 in the Tees Valley for a range of people to access.

"By up-skilling our workforce, we provide young people with the ability to compete in the workplace and increase the amount of people who want to remain living and working on Teesside."

– Ian Swales, MP

Business Secretary launches new apprenticeships

The Rt Hon Vince Cable is visiting the Wilton International site on Teesside on Monday.

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills is launching a new "fast track" apprenticeship and graduate training scheme aimed at 16-24-year-olds.

The Sembcorp Skills Development Programme will create 200 new jobs for apprentices and graduates in the process industries and their supply chain businesses.

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