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Huge fire breaks out in Sunderland

The fire is thought to be at the old bingo hall on Southwick Green Credit: Bobby White

A huge fire has broken out in Sunderland.

More than 50 firefighters are tackling the flames at what is thought to be the old bingo hall on Southwick Green.

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The fire is thought to be at the old bingo hall on Southwick Green Credit: Simon Alden on twitter
A huge fire has broken out in Sunderland. Credit: Simon Alden on Twitter
A huge fire has broken out in Sunderland. Credit: Lisa Marie Robson

Twelve crews were called out this evening at around 6pm. They say no-one is inside the building, and that the fire will continue for some time.

Northumbria Police have said local roads have been closed to allow emergency services to respond, and that enquiries with the fire services are ongoing into the cause of the fire.

Fire in high rise flats in Newcastle

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Fire crews have tackled a fire at a high rise block of flats in Newcastle.

Emergency services were called after 5pm to a fire on the 10th floor of Hexham House, Church Street in the Walker area.

24 firefighters were at the scene and 8 carried out a search of the premises.

Three people were checked over by ambulance teams, and two went to hospital for precautionary treatment.

Fire extinguished at Newcastle Swing Bridge

Firefighters have extinguished a fire at the Swing Bridge in Newcastle.

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue received a call at 1pm reporting a fire under the bridge. Three crews from Newcastle, including a fireboat crew, and a crew from Gateshead attended the scene.

It is not known how the fire started.

The fire involved approximately 25 square metres of wooden staves on a pontoon underneath the bridge. The fire service say it was quickly contained, and the last crew left the incident at 3.15pm after checking for any possible hotspots.

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Newcastle Swing Bridge still open to traffic

Newcastle Swing Bridge is still open to traffic despite fire crews tackling a fire underneath it.

The Port of the Tyne say traffic has been reduced to a single lane after fire crews were called to the scene.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service was called to the Swing Bridge at lunch time today after reports of smoke at the edge of the east end of the central jetty and smouldering in timbers underneath the bridge. Traffic across the bridge has been reduced to a single lane."

– Port of the Tyne

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