AROUND 15 factory workers had to be evacuated when a fire broke out in machinery.
Three fire crews were called to brake pad manufacturer, TMD Friction, on Hartlepool’s Oakesway Industrial Estate, after a fire broke out in a shot-blast machine.
Fire chiefs say minor damage was caused to the machine.
Two sets of breathing apparatus were used during the incident, which took place around 10am yesterday.
Two crews from Stranton Fire Station, along with colleagues from the Headland station attended.