The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched an investigation into a fire at a Gateshead factory which left one worker hospitalised with serious injuries.
A 49-year-old man suffered serious burns after a blaze broke out at the AkzoNobel site off Stoneygate Lane in Felling, just before 8am on Tuesday.
Emergency services scrambled to the scene with fire crews tackling the flames at one of the production areas of the site.
Meanwhile paramedics treated the member of staff at the scene before taking him to the Royal Victoria Infirmary.
The site was evacuated and closed off for the remainder of Tuesday as the Health and Safety Executive launched an investigation into the blaze.
A HSE spokesman said: "HSE is aware of the incident and inquiries are taking place on site."
Inquiries into how the suspected industrial accident happened remain ongoing at the Gateshead paint factory.
AkzoNobel was open for business again on Wednesday with the restart of limited production.
A spokeswoman for firm said: "The thoughts of everyone here are with our injured colleague and his family and we will continue to support them during this difficult time.
"Investigations are continuing today. The site is open today with a carefully-controlled restart of limited production, with all required safety measures in place, and in in full cooperation with the Health and Safety Executive.
"We would like to thank all our colleagues who were on site yesterday for their response to the incident."
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that crews from Gateshead were sent to the scene while an on-site emergency team also attended the incident.