AN investigation has been launched after a large blaze at an industrial site which was tackled by dozens of firefighters from across Teesside.
The blaze started at around 3am yesterday at the site of Vertellus Specialities UK Ltd, in Seal Sands.
Firefighters from Stranton Station joined officers from across the area and spent more than four hours fighting the blaze.
Police were forced to close the roads around the site while firefighters worked to put out the large fire which was thankfully contained on the site.
Fortunately there were no injuries.
The fire was completely extinguished just after 7.20am yesterday although one appliance remained on standby at the site throughout the day.
Dave Turton, group manager at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “We were called at 3.02am to attend a fire at Vertellus Specialities UK Ltd located at Seal Sands, Billingham.
“The fire involved a number of chemical containers within a small store on the site.
“Ten appliances attended the incident and Seal Sands Road was closed for a short period as a precaution.
“There were no injuries and the fire was contained to the site.”
Vertellus provides speciality chemicals for the agriculture, nutrition, pharmaceutical, medical, personal care, plastics, coatings and many other industrial markets.
Nobody from the firm was available to comment when the Mail contacted the company yesterday.
Mr Turton added: “The fire was extinguished and the incident was closed at 7.23am and is now under investigation.
“We would like to express our thanks to police, ambulance, site personnel and adjoining sites for their help and cooperation.”