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Fire damages port conveyor belt

Conveyor fire
The dockside location made the firefighters' task difficult

More than 30 firefighters were called to tackle a fire on a conveyor belt at the Port of Tyne.

The fire broke out on a 720ft (200m) section of the belt, which was being used to feed rape seed on to a loading ship on the south side of the river.

The flames were extinguished on Monday afternoon and crews remained at the scene to damp down the area.

No damage was caused to the ship but the conveyor belt was severely burned by the fire.

John Hindmarch, deputy chief fire officer with the Tyne and Wear brigade, said: "This was a very difficult incident for the crews given the area involved was dockside and potentially quite hazardous.

"However due to the professionalism of our staff the fire was quickly contained and prevented from spreading any further. Fortunately, nobody was injured during the incident."

An investigation into the cause of the fire has been launched.

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