Blandford Street fire: Investigation into Peacocks shop blaze in Sunderland will take 'a few days'

Fire chiefs have said an investigation into a shop blaze in Sunderland city centre will take 'a few days'.

Thursday, 24th January 2019, 16:49 pm
Updated Thursday, 24th January 2019, 16:58 pm
Firefighters will use a drone to help establish what caused the fire at Peacocks in Blandford Street.

Northumbria Police has already said the fire which ripped through Peacocks, in Blandford Street, is not being treated as suspicious.

But extensive damage to the building means it may take a while before experts can safely enter its gutted remains.

Firefighters will use a drone to help establish what caused the fire at Peacocks in Blandford Street.

In the meantime, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service says it will look to use drone footage as it tries to establish what caused the fire and why it spread.

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IN PICTURES: See the devastation caused to Blandford Street by the fire.Nobody was hurt in the fire, which broke out on Wednesday night.

Group Manager Richie Rickaby, of TWFRS, said: "We are intending to use our new technology in the form of the drone as unfortunately it is unsafe for us to go in and start sifting through the debris.

Firefighters use an aerial ladder platform to tackle the fire in Blandford Street. Picture by RYAN LIM.