The fire broke out on Friday evening at the Old Bingo Hall on Southwick Green in SunderlandRead the full story ›
The Fire Brigades Union claims cutbacks will result in fire crews taking up to 30 minutes longer to make it to the scene of an emergency.Read the full story ›
Firefighters have extinguished a fire at the Swing Bridge in Newcastle.
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.
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."
Fire crews are tackling a fire at the Swing Bridge in Newcastle.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue say about 25 square metres of wooden staves under the bridge are alight.
2 fire crews are at the scene, with a fire boat crew on standby.
Gordon Chalk Sunderland Representative for the Fire Brigades' Union has said he is delighted by today's decision to keep three Tyne & Wear fire stations open.
Today, February 16, Tyne and Wear fire authority reversed its decision to close Wallsend, Gosforth and Sunderland - after receiving a petition signed by 30,000 people in Sunderland.
Tyne and Wear fire authority has reversed its decision to close three fire stations - Wallsend, Gosforth and Sunderland.Read the full story ›
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue say they will not close any fire stations.
There were plans to close Wallsend, Gosforth and Sunderland stations because of government cuts.
A man has died in a fire in a flat in the Hendon area of Sunderland during the night.
It happened during a national 24-hour firefighter strike, which is due to finish at 9am today.
More details to follow.