Sunderland fire RECAP: Crews to tackle huge blaze at a scrapyard overnight


Reporter at the scene

Sophie says:

“Crowds of onlookers have gathered to watch as smoke billows from a derelict building in Sunderland.

“Locals say the fire, in what is thought to be a disused waste disposal site, began at around 6.30pm.

“Flames can still be seen inside the building and a huge plume of smoke is visible from as far away as Tyneside.”

Onlooker David Cairns, 43, from Sunderland, said:

“I think it’s an old waste disposal centre, but it’s derelict now. I have been here watching all night, I think it started around 6.30pm. The firefighters seemed to be getting a grip of it but then it just flares up again. I have been here hours.”

Another eyewitness, Gordon Peacock, 43, from South Shields, added:

“It seems to have started inside the building.”

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