EMERGENCY services spent more than five and a half hours tackling a waste fire in Darlington on Sunday.

More than 100 tons of waste material was alight in the Albert Hill area of the town, a spokesperson for County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) said.

Residents living nearby were warned to keep their windows and doors shut as a result of the smoke while Public Health England and the Environment Agency were also informed of the incident. 

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The fire was reported at 11.45am and firefighters were on the scene until after 5pm.

Crews from Darlington and Spennymoor were part on the initial response, who were later relieved by teams from Peterlee and Seaham.

A spokesperson for County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service said: “CDDFRS control received a report of a fire in the open in the Albert Hill area of Darlington at 11:45 on Sunday, 10 October.

“Crews from Darlington and Spennymoor attended the fire. On arrival crews found approximately 100 tons of waste material alight. Public Health England and the Environment Agency were informed.

“Crews were later relieved by crews from Peterlee and Seaham who worked to extinguish the fire.

“All crews had left the scene by 5.13pm. Firefighters revisited site again later that evening an no hotspots were detected and the incident was closed. The police were in attendance.”

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