FIRE fighters in County Durham dealt with a blaze involving 13 tonnes of crisps this morning.

The blaze in a crisp storage shed at a farm just of the A19 at Castle Eden, was reported to County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service at 8.05am.

Two crews from Peterlee tackled the blaze.

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The crisps were rejects from the nearby Walkers Crisps plant which were destined to be turned into pig feed, firefighter Mick Henderson said.

The watch manager, based at Peterlee, said: "The rejected crisps get recycled at the farm.

"The crisps are full of starch and oil and they have been heated.

"They were dropped in a big pile and they have ignited.

"The crisps were inside a barn and we extinguished it in about two hours."

It was believed the smell of the blaze was similar to smoky bacon crisps.