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Fire in Newcastle city centre

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.


Large fire in Stanley, County Durham

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.

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Fire chief urges residents to take part in consultation

Chief Fire Officer Tom Capeling, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said:

"Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is one of the best and fastest fire and rescue services in the country. In developing these options our objective has been to maintain our quick response to incidents where lives are at risk and where there is significant risk to property. However to do this we need to change the way we operate and will be slower in attending other incidents, such as deliberate secondary fires and false alarms. We will also take into account the different types of risk the community faces and this is different over a 24 hour period."

"There is no doubt that we have had to carry out these reviews against the back drop of significant funding cuts. However safety is our number one priority. I have always said that dealing with the level of cuts we have received will be challenging and will affect our frontline service, however we will do this in a way which minimises the risk to the community. We believe that after carrying out a thorough review these options will enable us to do this. I would encourage local residents to take part in our consultation and we would welcome your views."

– Chief Fire Officer Tom Capeling, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service
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