An investigation will be launched after a fire broke out at a recycling centre in Gateshead.
Emergency services received a report of a fire at Campground Waste and Recycling Centre at 2.28 am on Sunday, February 28.
Within 10 minutes, crews arrived on the scene at Springwell Road in Wrekenton to extinguish the blaze.
Crews have been battling the fire throughout Sunday morning and afternoon, with emergency services still at the scene. No one has been injured as a result of the fire.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said they were dealing with "deep seated fire" with crews expected to remain at the scene for a prolonged period of time.
A spokesperson for the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: "This is a deep seated fire and crews will be on scene for a protracted period of time.
"This is a multi-agency response and we ask residents to stay away from the area. Keep windows and doors closed."
Earlier today, Northumbria Police closed the road and also urged members of the public to avoid the area.
The facility and the adjacent Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) will both remain closed until they are deemed safe to reopen.
A spokesperson for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK has now said an investigation will now be launched to determine the cause of the fire.
It is believed that the fire occurred in the building that contains non-hazardous general household waste collected through the weekend.
A spokesperson for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK said: "At approximately 02:30 this morning (Sunday), we were alerted to the presence of a fire in the main general refuse processing building at our Campground waste transfer station on Springwell Road in Wrekenton, Gateshead.
"The fire service attended site within 10 minutes and remains in attendance today, managing the fire. SUEZ staff have been on site throughout the morning assisting the fire service.
"Fortunately, no one has been injured, but both the transfer station and adjacent Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) will remain closed until the fire service deems it safe to reopen. All vehicle deliveries to the site are being rerouted and residents are asked to use Cowen Road HWRC in Blaydon, NE21 5TW.
"The fire occurred in a building which contains non-hazardous general household waste collected from the recycling centres over the weekend. The Environment Agency has been informed and are on site monitoring the situation.
"We would like to thank Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service for their continued efforts to manage the fire and we apologise for the disruption to our neighbours and the local community.
"The cause of the fire and the extent to which the facility has been damaged remain unknown but will be subject to investigation in due course. Access to the site is currently restricted to the emergency services and essential SUEZ staff."