A factory worker has been rushed to hospital this morning with first degree burns after a blaze at his Boldon workplace.
The man received First Aid on the scene from firefighters after a flash fire broke out at Faltec Europe in Boldon Business Park.
Crews from South Shields and Washington Fire Stations were called to the scene at 5.50am.
After firefighters applied emergency burns dressings, the worker was taken to South Tyneside District Hospital.
Watch manager Ed Cooper from South Shields said: “It was a flash fire which burnt itself out, but a man was injured during the fire. We treated him at the scene before the arrival of paramedics.
“We’re not sure what caused the blaze as yet.”
The car components factory hit the headlines earlier this year when it was at the centre of a Legionnaire’s outbreak.
It was ordered to shut down four cooling towers by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after significant levels of the potentially-lethal bacteria were discovered on site.
Four workers at the factory, as well as a resident whose home overlooks the premises, required hospital treatment after contracting the disease between last October and May.
The factory was given the all clear last month after the company put in place significant safety improvement measures.