Tyne and Wear Fire Service are asking people to exercise caution as a 24-hour strike gets underway this morning (June 12).
It is part of an ongoing pensions row between the Fire Brigade Union and the Government. The strike is due to start at 9am.
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Nearly 30 firefighters battled on Sunday to put out a fire at Hartlepool's Snooker Centre.
Nobody has been hurt, but the insides of four businesses were destroyed.
Roads nearby have been closed, and the building may now be demolished.
A series of money saving cuts to Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service have been given the green light. It will mean the loss of 131 front line posts, a reduction of 6 engines, the closure of 3 stations in Sunderland, Gosforth and Wallsend.
Fire fighters are currently tackling a blaze on Melbourne Street.
It's believed the fire has been contained to one area of a building and at the moment one woman has been taken to hospital with suspected smoke inhalation.
The road is closed from Trafalgar Square to Swan House roundabout but it's expected to open in the next hour.
An entire row of shops in County Durham will now be demolished after they were gutted by fire.
The blaze broke out at a Chinese take away on Front street in Stanley, yesterday afternoon.
As Julie Harrison reports, a neighbouring school was evacuated and people living nearby had to leave their homes.
Firefighters have been tackling a large blaze in a takeaway in County Durham. The fire broke out in the Elite buildings on Front Street in Stanley on Monday . Several roads have been closed to traffic and a police cordon put in place. Thick smoke has been seen for many miles.
This was the scene in Stanley, County Durham, on Monday afternoon as firefighters tackled a large blaze.
Smoke could be seen for miles around, after flames took hold in a building on Front Street.
Several roads in Stanley have been closed.
Fire crews are tackling a large fire in Stanley, County Durham, on Monday afternoon.
The blaze is believed to have begun in a take-away shop on Front Street.
Smoke could be seen for miles around.
At 1.30pm Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue crews said the building was "well alight".
At 3.30pm two roads - Church Bank and Station Road - were closed. A spokesman for Durham Police says more roads could yet be shut.
Watch here for updates.
The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has announced plans to remove 130 firefighters and six fire engines from its brigade.
The service says it must make £8 million of savings and has no choice but to cut from the front line.