FIREFIGHTERS from across Cheshire tackled a large industrial fire at TATA Chemicals in Northwich for four-and-a-half hours today.

The fire broke out at the chemical plant at around 9.30am today and firefighters from Northwich, Lymm, Winsford, Holmes Chapel, Sandbach, Penketh, Warrington and Congleton were all sent to the scene.

A spokesman for Cheshire Fire Service said this morning: “Firefighters are in attendance at Tata Chemicals in Works Lane Northwich following reports of a fire in the conveyor belt system.

“Crews are working alongside the company's staff using breathing apparatus. One team is at ground level using a hose reel jet while another team are using a hose reel jet from an elevated gantry. Water is also being used internally on the conveyor belt system.

“Residents nearby have been advised to shut windows and doors as a precaution as there is likely to be a lot of dust in the area.”

Everyone working at TATA have been accounted for and there are no injuries.

The fire was in the conveyor belt of the kiln plant which measures approximately 50 metres by 20 metres by four metres high. Ambulances are also in attendance as a precaution.

At around 2pm, the fire was fully out. 

A spokesman for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "The fire is now out and crews are checking for hotspots.

"No substances have left the site and there is no danger to public health. There is no longer a requirement to close windows and doors."