Residents in Hartlepool are being urged to stay indoors while firefighters tackle a blaze at a scrap yard in the town.
Firefighters were called at 2.10pm to an incident at EMR Scrap Yard on Thomlinson Road, Belle Vue Industrial Estate in Hartlepool.
Two engines from Hartlepool station attended and they then requested additional resource, including one engine from Billingham and one from Stockton.
A spokesman said: "Scrap metal is well alight and crews are using two jets and a site grabber (to separate scrap) we are also working with the Environment Agency on this incident.
"Please advise residents in the area to keep windows closed and stay indoors as large plumes of smoke are currently in the area."