FIREFIGHTERS from four stations were called to a blaze in the roof void of a Sunderland newsagent.
A fire in a large amount of rubbish in the rear yard of the premises in Keighley Avenue spread up and set the roof area on fire.
Crews from Sunderland Central, Fulwell, Washington and Hebburn stations were called to the Downhill shop shortly after 10.30pm last night to tackle the blaze, which included using a high platform ladder.
The crews removed tiles from the roof to gain access to the void, which is shared among all five business premises in the row.
About 12m by 15m of the joists were badly damaged by the blaze and the rest was smoke and water damaged.
A spokeswoman for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters also had to force open the electrical roller shutters at the front of the shop so they could gain access and search the building to ensure the fire had not spread.
No-one was injured in the blaze, which is currently under investigation.