1. ITV Report

Dealership fire in Durham

The fire began in Durham this morning Photo: ITV News

Families in Durham have been evacuated from their homes after a fire on the outskirts of the city.Ten fire engines were used along with cranes to try to control the blaze at the Evans Halshaw garage in Gilesgate near to the Dragonville estate.

The roads nearby have been sealed off until further notice. £1,500,000 damage has been done

Steve Wharton from Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue said : 'There is fuel in the petrol tanks in the cars and there were heating cylinders on the site which make a loud but were safe in the area at the time.'

It started this morning and there have been fire-fighters at tackling the blaze since the early hours.

There is fuel in the petrol tanks in the cars and there were heating cylinders on the site.

– Steve Wharton from Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue

The residents evacuated have now been allowed back into their homes. One neighbour said how scared they had been on seeing the flames and had fled away from the area to the city centre.

The roads nearby have been sealed off until further notice. £1,500,000 damage has been done including the cars inside the dealership.

It's not yet known how the fire started and investigations will begin tomorrow once the building has cooled.