Boiler catches fire at Sunderland printing firm

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A FIRE at a Sunderland printing facility was tackled by 18 firefighters early this morning.

The blaze started inside the premises of Edward Thompson, on the Sheepfolds Industrial Estate in Monkwearmouth, shortly before 7am.

Crews from community fires stations at Sunderland Central, Fulwell and Farringdon were called to the property in Richmond Street at 6.59am.

A diesel boiler had caught fire and was 30 per cent destroyed. There was smoke damage in a storage area, while the rest of the building was unaffected.