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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.

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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.

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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.

Watch here for updates.

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