Tyne & Wear

Fire at Hexham's Egger chipboard factory under control

Fire at Egger's Hexham plant
Image caption Fire crews from Northumberland and Tyne and Wear set up a huge cordon round the plant

A fire which ripped through a timber processing plant in Northumberland has been brought under control.

The blaze at Egger's Hexham plant on the banks of the River Tyne began at about 22:30 BST on Sunday and at its height was attended by 60 firefighters.

The factory which makes wood products - mainly chipboard and MDF - employs about 500 people. No-one was injured.

Huge plumes of black smoke could be seen rising from the site but residents were allowed to stay in their homes.

The plant was built in the 1960s and several expansions have taken place since, including a £110m revamp in 2007.

The fire brigade spokeswoman said firefighters would pay regular visits to the site as it cooled down.

The cause of the fire has not yet been identified.

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