Dozens of firefighters called to Hartlepool Power Station to tackle fire

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A FLEET of 10 fire engines was sent to a blaze at Hartlepool Power Station in the early hours of Saturday.

Firefighters from Hartlepool, the Headland, Billingham, Stockton, Thornaby and Coulby Newham rushed to the power station off Tees Road at 1.30am.

Some lagging around a pipe in the turbine hall had caught fire as a result of some excess oil overheating and setting alight.

Crews used a dry powder extinguisher to put out the fire within a short time.

But the Cleveland Fire Brigade team remained at the scene until 5.06am on standby to ensure the scene was safe.

A spokeswoman for the brigade said: “Ten appliances from Cleveland Fire Brigade attended the incident at Hartlepool Power Station.

“Some lagging around one of the pipes had caught fire. It was below a turbine in the turbine hall.

“It was not a major incident when we got there.

“Crews used a dry powder extinguisher to put out the fire.”

She added: “A possible cause of the fire was excess oil on the pipework from maintenance which has overheated.”