Firefighters were today continuing to tackle a blaze at Hartlepool’s Niramax which broke out on Friday night.
There are still three appliances at the household waste recycling centre, in Windermere Road.
The fire is under control having started at 11pm on Friday, and at one stage there were 14 appliances at the plant.
Speaking yesterday, station manager Ian Dixon said: “The fire is under control and we are happy it is not going to spread any other parts of the plant.
“There are hundreds of tons of very compacted waste material here, in sheds that are too dangerous to go into.
“The sides of the sheds are starting to give way, so all we can do is work from outside.”
Station manager Simon Weastell, who was in charge of the operation when it first started, said: “We were turned out at 11 o’clock (on Friday night).
“On arrival, the crews were faced with a large building containing a major amount of non-hazardous waste.
“The building itself is around 400 square metres and unfortunately the fire did spread to another building close by.
“It is very difficult to say how long we are going to be here.
“The weather conditions are not helping. The wind is very strong, which is causing us a lot of problems with smoke.
“Fortunately, the waste is inside the building, so there is not so much wind in there.”
A spokesman for Niramax said: “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.”