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Fire crews tackle recycling plant blaze.

FIRE crews tackled a huge blaze at a recycling plant after 30 tonnes of plastic caught fire.

It happened shortly after 10am on Friday when thick black smoke billowed into the sky from Foreman Recycling, on Merrington Lane Industrial Estate, in Spennymoor.

Appliances from Spennymoor, Durham and Bishop Auckland attended the blaze, which they managed to bring under control after 45 minutes.

Initial concerns were that the fire had spread to buildings but fire fighters managed to contain the flames to the recycled plastic, which was set out in bales.

The cause of the blaze was not yet established but it was not thought to be suspicious.

Nobody was injured but police closed North Close, towards Kirk Merrington, for a short time.

A spokesperson for Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue said: "It was all brought under control quickly.

"There was quite a lot of thick, black smoke, which meant quite a lot of calls came in from the public.

"Thirty tonnes of plastic, or plastic in bales, for recycling were alight outside the building.

"The initial concern was that it might have involved the building but, the first two crews in attendance did a great job in saving the building and it didn't accelerate more than that.

"It was initally thought to be a bigger incident that it was.

"There is no sign yet as to what the cause may be but there's nothing to suggest it was sinister.

"There will be some follow-up work over the next few days to establish the cause."

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 27, 2014
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