Port of Tyne fire

Around 50 firefighters are battling to control a huge fire at the Port of Tyne. Crews were called to the site in South Shields to reports of a fire in the biomass shed.

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Repairs after fire at Port of Tyne

Following a fire in a conveyor transfer tower at the Port of Tyne yesterday (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.

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. The wood pellet handling facility is expected to resume operations over the weekend.

Wood pellet transferred from the Port of Tyne is used in power-stations to generate electricity. No other Port of Tyne operations are affected.

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