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Emergency service workers recover bodies from former SSI site after explosion

The bodies of two workers who died after an explosion on the former SSI site in South Bank have been recovered by the emergency services.

Credit: NCJ Media

They died in an incident last Thursday afternoon when a series of explosions took place at the former coke ovens.

It's believed the workers were operating a cherry picker as part of demolition works at the time of the explosion, which was described as a "massive fireball".

Their bodies have now been returned to their families, who are being supported by specially trained officers.

The thoughts of all emergency service workers are with the families of the men who have lost their lives.

Being able to return the men to their families has been at the forefront of everyone’s minds and I would like to thank colleagues for their professionalism in these difficult circumstances.

– Superintendent Tariq Ali

Emergency services remain on the site and are warning there may be more flames and smoke in the coming days. There were reports of further explosions over the weekend.

The site is part of the South Tees Development Corporation area, which includes the former SSI steelworks.

It is now owned by the South Tees Development Corporation, which is chaired by the Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen. He has said,

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families, friends and colleagues of the two men who lost their lives in this terrible and tragic accident. It’s also important that we thank the emergency services for their dedication and tireless work during a very difficult and complex set of circumstances."

– Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen