Police say a fire which tore through a former pub in Gateshead early on Wednesday morning is now being treated as arson. The fire is thought to have started in the roof space of Metz pub in Dunston, formerly known as the Cross Keys.
Forty firefighters have been tackling a blaze at the disused Metz Public House on Ravensworth Road, Dunston, Gateshead.
No one was inside the building.
– Group Manager Mark Gerrard, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service
“The fire appears to have started in the roof space of the building. Due to the size, location and extent of the fire crews faced difficult conditions and acted quickly to get the fire under control and to prevent it from spreading.
"The fire was tackled from above using the Aerial Ladder Platform and on the ground using jets. Two teams of three firefighters wearing specialist breathing apparatus entered the building to stop the fire spreading.
"I would like to thank the emergency services and the local authority who worked well together in tackling the incident."
A fire broke out in the early hours of this morning at a pub in Dunston, Gateshead.
Fire crews were called to the former Cross Keys pub at Ravensworth Road. It is unclear how the fire started.
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It is thought vandals broke into the ground yesterday and set fire to the main stand. Seats melted in the blaze.
More than £20,000 worth of damage has been caused.
The main stand at Dunston Football club has been almost completely destroyed in a suspected arson attack.
It is thought that vandals broke into the club's ground yesterday and set fire to the main stand, melting seats in the blaze.
It has been estimated that the fire caused more than £20,000 worth of damage.
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