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Person remains unaccounted for as shop fire probed

Pictures show the damaged building after the blaze Credit: ITV News

Concern remains for a person unaccounted for after a fire at a shop in Newcastle.

Police and fire crews are continuing to investigate the cause of the blaze.

A spokeswoman for Tyne and Wear Fire Service said there was "concern about one person."

The person remains unaccounted for after the fire, which took more than 50 firefighters several hours to bring under control on Tuesday.

Emergency services are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire. Credit: ITV News

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Newcastle fire: fear for the whereabouts of one person

Emergency services are worried about the whereabouts of one person who they fear may have been inside the building engulfed by fire in central Newcastle today (December 1).

Firefighters have been unable to go inside the premises on Cross Street.

Northumbria Police say they do not know whether anyone is in the building.

They are liaising with the with the family of the person currently unaccounted for, and supporting them.

Newcastle fire brought under control after several hours

Firefighters tackle the blaze from on high. Credit: PA

A fire in central Newcastle is now under control, but it remains unclear whether any people are trapped inside.

The building will now be assessed by structural experts, who will check whether it is safe for firefighters to enter, Tyne and Wear Fire Service said.

If deemed safe, they will then enter to check if there are any casualties.

The service earlier said it could not guarantee there were no people inside the building.

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Fire crews attempt to tackle Newcastle blaze from above

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Fire crews are now attempting to control a fire in Newcastle city centre from above.

Pictures posted on Twitter by Metro Radio News showed officers on a crane above the building on Cross Street, which contains the shop Kard Bar and three stories above it.

Fire officials initially received reports that people were inside the building, which has been on fire for around three hours, and since said they have no guarantees that it is now empty.

Newcastle fire: 'No guarantees' building is empty

Firefighters at the scene of a major fire in Newcastle city centre have said they cannot guarantee the building is empty, ITV Tyne Tees' Gregg Easteal reports.

Public told to avoid area due to 'amounts of smoke'

People have been warned to avoid Newcastle city centre due to the large building fire in Cross Street.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said the area was filled with "large amounts of smoke".

Footage shows smoke billowing from Newcastle fire

Footage posted from the scene of a large blaze in Newcastle city centre shows plumes of smoke billowing from the building.

People have been reported inside the building, which has been ablaze for more than hour.

It contain the shop Kard Bar and a number of offices in the three floors above, Tyne and Wear Fire Service said.

An eyewitness told ITV News flames could be seen at the building's top floor windows, though these seemed to be under control within an hour.

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