Blaze at Hexham's Egger plant

An investigation has been launched into the cause of a fire at the Egger manufacturing plant in Hexham. Crews were called to the scene late last night and remained there until this morning.

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Manufacturing plant to resume production

The owners of a wood-processing plant in Hexham that was involved in a fire over the weekend have said that they expect to resume production later today.

Normal manufacturing at the Egger site is also expected to be back up and running by the middle of this week.

“We will be working with fire investigators to determine the exact cause of the incident, which is our first since the new plant opened in 2007.

"Thankfully there were no injuries, all of our detection and safety systems worked extremely well and the fire service was able to bring the fire safely under control.

“The intensity of the blaze was due to thermal oil used in the heating system catching fire and our engineers, together with colleagues from Germany, are working to assess the amount of damage and the cause of the fire.

“I’m grateful to firefighters from Northumberland Fire & Rescue for their quick and professional response that meant damage was confined to that one small area of our site.

“We hope to bring our backup systems on-line and resume some operations within the next 12 hours, with a gradual return to full production by the middle of this week.”

– Bob Livesey, Joint managing director at Egger UK

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