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Fire crews say they're still investigating the cause of a large blaze in Newcastle last night. Several pigeon lofts were found alight on Skinnerburn Road, not far from The Metro Radio Arena, at just after 9 o' clock. It was put out two hours later. See footage of the blaze here:
Here is some video footage of tonight's fire near to the Metro Radio Arena.
It broke out as a 24-hour strike by fire crews was drawing to an end.
There is no suggestion that the industrial action compromised the response by Tyne and Wear Fire and rescue Service.
Fire crews are at the scene of a large fire on land near the Metro Radio Arena, close to the centre of Newcastle.
Details of what caught alight are presently unclear, but thick black smoke could be seen from miles away.
One eyewitness said flames had spread to surrounding trees and vegetation.