Fire crews dealing with big blaze in Sunderland

Fire crews are on the scene of a large blaze at an industrial estate in Sunderland.

The fire is believed to have broken out at A1 Recovery Accident Management, on Hepworth Road, in the Southwick area.

Large plumes of smoke can be seen.

Large plumes of smoke can be seen.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has sent seven fire crews - with 39 firefighters and three fire service officers - to the scene.

There is also an Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP), a command support vehicle and a support appliance there.

Large plumes of smoke can be seen in the surrounding area.

The fire service revealed it had been called out to the incident at 11.14am.

Ethan Storey took this picture of the blaze.

Ethan Storey took this picture of the blaze.

They say an industrial unit and yard is on fire.

We'll bring you more on this story as we get it.

Fire crews on the scene of the blaze. Photo by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

Fire crews on the scene of the blaze. Photo by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

Lee Richardson sent this picture of the fire.

Lee Richardson sent this picture of the fire.

Stew Taylor sent this picture of the fire.

Stew Taylor sent this picture of the fire.

The fire does now appear to be calming.

The fire does now appear to be calming.