THE back room of a takeaway shop was destroyed by a fire.
The blaze at Pizza King, in Front Street, Fence Houses, destroyed the roof of the room at the rear of the shop, the fire and rescue service said.
Crews from Sunderland central, Sunderland south and Birtley stations, and a special appliance from Hebburn, were called to the incident.
Two people got out of the flat above the takeaway before the crews arrived.
The cause of the fire is unknown, but is believed to have started in the roof.
Watch manager Andy Trafford, of Sunderland south fire station, said: “From speaking to several neighbours, we think it is possible the fire was smouldering away through the night.”
Despite the fire, reported at 6.40am yesterday, the shop remains open.