Blandford Street fire: Aerial photos show shocking scale of devastation at blaze-hit Peacocks shop in Sunderland

Shocking aerial photographs show the extent of the damage caused by the huge blaze which has devastated a store in Sunderland city centre.

Friday, 25th January 2019, 12:02 pm
Updated Friday, 25th January 2019, 12:18 pm
Pictures show the shocking devastation. Picture by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

New pictures by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, taken from the aerial ladder platform during the investigation, show the Peacocks shop which has been completely gutted in the fire.

The investigation is underway into what caused the blaze which tore through the Blandford Street store on Wednesday night.

Pictures show the shocking devastation. Picture by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

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Fire chiefs have said the probe will likely take 'a few days' as Northumbria Police has confirmed the fire is not being treated as suspicious.

Around 60 firefighters took a total of ten hours to tackle the fire, with flames finally being extinguished at 5.20am on Thursday morning.

A cordon still remains in place today with pedestrianised Blandford Street closed at its junction with Martime Terrace, though it is accessible from both ends for workers and shoppers.

The pictures have been taken during the investigation to determine the cause. Picture by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.
Flames and smoke could be seen from across the city. Picture by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.
Picture by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.
The aerial ladder and drones are being used in the investigation. Picture by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.
The pictures were taken yesterday. Picture by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.