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Firefighters' strike begins

Firefighters at scene of a blaze. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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.

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.

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Building devastated by fire in Stanley, County Durham

This building caught fire on Monday afternoon Credit: Chris Moon

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.

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