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Fire at Japanese firm in Gateshead

Three fire engines were called to Komatsu in Birtley Credit: ITV

Staff at a Japanese manufacturing firm in Gateshead were forced to evacuate the building earlier today after a fire broke out.

Twelve staff members were evacuated after the fire broke out Credit: ITV

The fire occurred at Komatsu in the Pine Trees Centre on Durham Road, in Birtley this afternoon.

Twelve staff members were evacuated as fire fighters tackled the blaze. The fire took approximately two hours to bring under control.

The fire took around two hours to bring under control Credit: ITV