Probe into Tyneside scrapyard blaze

Clouds of black smoke could be seen from the fire from many parts of the region. This was the view from Offerton, off Chester Road, looking north across the Washington Asda distribution depot and Nissan car plant.

Clouds of black smoke could be seen from the fire from many parts of the region. This was the view from Offerton, off Chester Road, looking north across the Washington Asda distribution depot and Nissan car plant.

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INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into the cause of a huge blaze at a former scrapyard.

Clouds of thick black smoke from the fire in Byker, Newcastle, could be seen more than 15 miles away in Sunderland.

Eighteen appliances and 72 firefighters, including crews from Sunderland, fought for hours to control the blaze, which broke out on Thursday afternoon.

Crews, who also discovered oxygen and propane cylinders at the site, battled to stop the fire spreading from a pile of cars to the main building.

Some firefighters were still at the scene today.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Tom Capeling, of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “There was no immediate danger to the public. However, as a precaution we advised people in the area to keep their doors and windows shut.”

Four specialist appliances, including two aerial ladder platforms and a high volume pump to tackle the blaze from above, attended the scene in Albion Row.

The fire broke out just before 12.30pm On Thursday. Police said a man was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.