Fire at Wearside factory unit

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FIREFIGHTERS have tackled a blaze at a Wearside furniture factory opened by Cherie Blair.

Three crews were called out to the Herrington Gate Furniture site in Mercantile Road, Rainton Bridge, shortly before 11am today.

Fire had broken out in the plant’s extractor fan system, which was seriously damaged.

Mrs Blair is one of the company’s longest-standing supporters and clients and was invited to open the factory in September 2011.