Thick black plumes of smoke can be seen over Darlington as a large fire has broken out at a derelict scrapyard.
The Yard is believed to be at the rear of Vulcan Street within the Albert Hill Area of Darlington.
Four fire appliances are at the scene. The Fire service believe that there maybe acetylene cylinders on the site.
Durham Police have also responded to the incident. No one is believed to have been hurt.
Local residents are being advised to keep windows and doors shut.