Six-building suspicious Stanley fire

A row of shops in Stanley set alight and 40 firefighters attended the scene. Police are treating the fire as suspicious.

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Witness appeal after suspicious Stanley fire

Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service has issued this statement as officers appeal for information about the suspicious fire in Stanley.

“We would especially like to speak to any delivery drivers or people on their way to work at this time in the morning who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area to the rear of Front Street down to the bus station. This is the second large fire in Stanley in a matter of weeks but I would like to reassure the community that there is no link between them and the first fire at the Elite buildings in November was non-suspicious."

– DI Gavin Heckles

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Fire service statement follows Stanley fire

Firefighters strike tonight between 6pm and 10pm. Today, a fire has broken out in Stanley and since then, Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service has released this statement:

"We have robust resilience arrangements in place, which means that we are able to cope with this fire should we need to continue our work at the scene past 6pm when the FBU strike will begin. We would however advise people to take extra care this evening to avoid fire risks and other emergency incidents on our county’s roads.”

– Andy Hopkinson, Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

Stanley fire comes ahead of strike

Firefighters from Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service have been at the scene of Front Street, Stanley, since 7am. The fire spread into shop units and 38 firefighters attended.

The fire comes ahead of industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union, which will take place as part of a national strike between 6pm and 10pm this evening.