SITA UK’s Tyneside transfer station hit by fire

29 March 2011

An investigation is underway into the cause of a fire at SITA UK’s waste transfer station in North Shields which took place on Saturday (March 26).

The fire at the Wallsend Road site, which is also home to SITA UK’s North Tyneside incinerator, is said to have started in a “large quantity of household rubbish” at the waste transfer station. The fire damaged the material as well as a corrugated steel covering.

"The fire was in household rubbish and was expected to take some time to put out. There were no injuries and no toxic materials involved" - Northumbria Police

A call was received by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue at 9.51am on Saturday morning, with five fire crews attending the scene. The crews had left the site by 5.35pm on the same day.

In attendance were fire crews and appliances from North Tyneside East, North Tyneside South, Newcastle North, Newcastle East, Gateshead East, South Tyneside West and Sunderland West.

A spokeswoman for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said the cause of the fire was currently “under investigation” with it not yet clear what had started the blaze.

The spokeswoman also said that the “swift action” of the first responders to the fire had prevented it from spreading to any other parts of the Wallsend Road site.

She added that crews used two jets, two hose reels and an aerial ladder platform. There were six breathing apparatus-wearers and PPV (positive pressure ventilation) was also used.

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police told letsrecycle.com that the approach road to the site was closed due to a “large amount of smoke” created by the fire.

He said: “The fire was in household rubbish and was expected to take some time to put out. There were no injuries and no toxic materials involved. Residents living to the west end of the incinerator site were asked to keep windows and doors shut.

SITA UK was unavailable for comment.

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