Blaze fails to halt sale

FIRE broke out at Lynemouth Power Station, but the sale of the facility is still on track.

The blaze caught hold in the precipitator, outside the main building, last Thursday, damaging one of three operator units.

One worker broke his foot as he directed fire crews to the incident, but there were no other injuries and there was no risk to the public.

The fire was quickly brought under control and was extinguished by 3am on Friday.

One of the operator units at the site was out of use for planned maintenance and Rio Tinto Alcan decided to shut down the other as a precaution. It was re-started later on Friday.

Regional Economic Development Director John McCabe said there was no impact on the workforce and the prospective buyers of the power station, RWE, had been kept informed.

“RWE has been informed about the fire and it is going to be involved in looking at what has to be done to fix the damage. The plan is still to complete the sale by the end of the year,” he said.

l The sauna at Ponteland Leisure Centre remains closed after a fire broke out last Friday.

It was quickly put out and about 30 people who were evacuated from the centre were allowed back in. Only minor damage was caused but repairs are required before the sauna can re-open.