Blaze Destroys Thousands Of Crisps In County Durham

30 March 2014, 16:22 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

Thirteen tonnes of crisps have caught fire at a farm in Castle Eden in County Durham.

The snacks had been rejected after being cooked at a nearby factory.

They failed the quality control test and were due for recycling.

The crisps had been taken to Hulam Farm near Castle Eden, where they were being stored.

The site is run by Sugarich which turns rejected or surplus food like crisps and biscuits into animal feed.

After taking delivery of the crisps on Friday, a small hot pot in amongst them had caused them to self-combust.

Director Alex Keogh said the firm had "protocols in place to make sure product doesn't come onto the premises hot" and this incident was isolated.