Firefighters preparing to leave Hartlepool’s Niramax plant

The scene of a fire at  Niramax, Windermere Road. Picture by FRANK REID

The scene of a fire at Niramax, Windermere Road. Picture by FRANK REID

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Firefighters who’ve spent almost a week at the site of a fire are expected to leave tomorrow.

Crews are in the final stages of making Hartlepool’s Niramax plant safe after a fire broke out there on Friday night.

It is thought the adverse weather conditions, caused by Storm Desmond, led to the fire spreading at the household waste recycling centre in Windermere Road

It started in a machine inside a shed on the site and spread to other areas.

A spokesman said: “Crews are still there dampening down the fire. It is still ongoing, but very small. It’s a case of making it safe now, we expect to leave there tomorrow at the latest.”

At the fire’s peak, residents were being urged to keep their windows closed to avoid breathing in the smoke which was blanketing the area.

At one point, there were 14 appliances at the plant before the fire was brought under control.

A spokesman for Niramax told the Mail “At around 11pm (on Friday), a small fire broke out in one of our machines in a shed on site, which would have been locally contained were it not for the adverse weather conditions which caused it to spread.

“Firefighters were called and spent most of the night bringing it under control, and confined within the plant boundaries.

“We are working with authorities to establish how it started.”