By Oliver Hall
More than 30 fire fighters were drafted in to battle a raging tyres inferno at a recycling plant on a North-East industrial estate today.
Thick black smoke billowed hundreds of feet into the area after a large quantity of tyres were set on fire.
The emergency services were called to Littleburn Industrial Estate, in Langley Moor, near Durham, at about 10.30am and the corrugated sheet building was evacuated.
There were no reported injuries at the scene, however, the acrid smoke could be seen from as far away as Morpeth, in Northumberland, and Teesside.
Fire service group manager Tony Grufferty said the blaze was likely to burn throughout the night and into tomorrow.
Tyre blazes are notoriously difficult to deal with. Last year an inferno at a recycling plant in Littleport, Cambridgeshire, took seven weeks to be completely extinguished after 2,000 tonnes of tyres and shredded rubber products caught fire.