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Smoke warning over Hartlepool fire

People living near a kitchen showroom on Teesside have been warned to keep their windows and doors closed.

Fifty firefighters are currently tackling the incident at Shields Interiors on Whitby Street South in Hartlepool.

The fire is sending thick plumes of smoke across the town, and has led to road closures in the area.

The kitchen and bathroom fitting company has been based in the town for more than 50 years.

Dave Turton of Cleveland Fire Brigade said: "It is expected that we will be here most of the day - at least another two or three hours before we finally extinguish the fire and have it fully under control.

"We have had to close some roads and isolate the power to some businesses, so we are working to restore normality as soon as we can."

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