Huge fire at chemical plant

The blaze at the Billingham
The blaze at the Billingham

TEN fire brigade crews battled a huge oil fire at a chemical plant.

Appliances from across Teesside raced to the GrowHow plant in Billingham after the blaze broke out at around 5.40pm yesterday.

The blaze at the Billingham

The blaze at the Billingham

The fire was quickly put out by Sembcorp, the on-site emergency services with the help of Cleveland Fire Brigade.

But fire crews remained on site until around 8pm to deal with the thick smoke caused by the oil.

A spokesperson for Cleveland Fire Brigade said no-one was injured during the incident and there were no issues to public health.

The blaze broke out on a compressor unit in GrowHow’s Ammonia 4 plant.

The unit was quickly isolated and the plant was safely shut down as a precaution.

A spokesman for GrowHow said: “Safety is our top priority and the incident was managed professionally and safely by its employees and the emergency services.

“The company has begun an investigation.”

Firefighters from Stranton Fire Station, in Hartlepool, were among the officers called to the scene.

Watch manager Gerard Suggitt said: “All three of our appliances went out to the fire.

“We got the call at around 5.40pm, but didn’t leave the site until 8pm.

“We left when the fire had been completely extinguished and luckily no-one was injured.”

The Billingham site is one of two GrowHow sites in the UK.

The sites employ more than 600 people.