FIREFIGHTERS acted quickly to prevent a potential explosion from a scrapyard blaze in Linton.
The large rubbish fire at Linton Colliery Yard on Saturday evening caused major damage to a metal shed and scrap vehicles, but there could also have been an extremely dangerous blast because there were cylinders of propane and acetylene nearby.
Once they were removed, firefighters worked for almost three hours to put the blaze out. Due to poor water supplies, six fire engines were sent to the site.
No one was evacuated from the area and while black smoke was visible over the village, the wind kept it away from a nearby housing estate and it drifted instead over fields.
Police attended to manage traffic on the road past Linton Colliery.
A Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “Firefighters were called to a report of a large rubbish fire at Linton Colliery Yard at 4.56pm on Saturday.
“Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service officers and police cordoned off the area for safety, with water monitors positioned to fight the fire from two sides.
“The site had a number of cylinders and liquid containers on it, which were removed by firefighters before becoming involved in the fire.
“Once the fire was brought under control, firefighters used water jets to target specific areas of the fire to extinguish it safely. The fire was extinguished at 7.53pm.”
The blaze is not being treated as suspicious. The Environment Agency and the county council’s public protection team were informed so they could make checks and potentially take precaution measures to prevent further fires at the site in the future.