Fire at Komatsu Factory in Sunderland - Flames pour through chimney as firefighters called to factory fire

Emergency services were at the scene of a fire at a Sunderland factory as pictures show smoke and flames coming through the chimney.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 9:28 pm

A fire has left areas of a Sunderland factory “severely damaged”, as flames and smoke poured through the chimney at Komatsu in West Quay Road on Tuesday afternoon (March 2).

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: “The fire was confined to the paint booth, extraction system and chimney, which were 80% severely damaged by fire and heat.

“The remainder of the factory was 20% slightly damaged by smoke.”

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Flames can be seen through the chimney

Emergency services were first called at 3.50pm.

Crews from Farringdon, Sunderland Central and Marley Park stations attended the scene of the fire alongside the aerial ladder and two officers.

Firefighters left the scene just after 6pm and the blaze has been tackled, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed.

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Firefighters are at the scene

Firefighters called to Komatsu Factory in Sunderland

Last updated: Tuesday, 02 March, 2021, 20:43

  • Firefighters were called at 3.50pm to a fire at Komatsu in Sunderland.
  • It is the second fire in under a month with crews previously called on Friday, February 5
  • Crews now appear to be dampening down at the scene

Firefighters at Komatsu Factory in Sunderland

A Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We are at a fire at Komatsu Mining Corp. in West Quay Road.

“We have crews from Sunderland Central, Marley Park and Farringdon as well as our aerial ladder and two officers are at the scene.

“We were called at 3.50pm and we are still there now.”

Footage shows smoke and flames from the factory fire in Sunderland

Footage taken from CCTV cameras show flames through one of the chimneys at the factory.

Fire crews are on scene now.

What is Komatsu Mining Corp?

Komatsu is a Japanese company which manufactures construction, mining, forestry and military equipment, as well as diesel engines and industrial equipment such as press machines, lasers and thermoelectric generators.

Aerial ladder over Sunderland factory as firefighters tackle flames

Emergency services were called to the scene of the fire in Sunderland’s West Quay Road earlier this afternoon.

A number of crews and the fire service’s aerial ladder platform is at the scene.

Ambulance service called to factory fire

A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We were called at 3.51pm to reports of a building fire in West Quay Road. We were quickly stood sown by the fire service once everyone was accounted for.”

This is the second fire at Komatsu factory in less than a month

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service sent a number of appliances and one of its officers to the scene at Komatsu in West Quay Road, which is close to the Queen Alexandra Bridge in Southwick, on the morning of Friday, February 5.

An investigation into the fire in February was launched but the cause has not been confirmed to the Echo at this stage.

More photographs from factory fire

Fire crews have used an aerial platform ladder to tackle the blaze.

Fire leaves factory chimney “severely damaged"

This afternoon’s fire at Komatsu in Sunderland has left areas of the factory “severely damaged”, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service have said.

A spokesperson said: “The fire was confined to the paint booth, extraction system and chimney, which were 80% severely damaged by fire and heat.

“The remainder of the factory was 20% slightly damaged by smoke.”

The fire has been contained and crews left the site just after 6 o’clock this evening.

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