Investigation begins into cause of fire at Dixy Chicken in Sunderland
An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the fire that ripped through a Sunderland chicken shop.
Around 24 firefighters battle to control the 'difficult' blaze after they were called to the scene at around 2.40am this morning.
Fire investigation officers remain at Dixy Chicken, in Holmeside, this afternoon as they try to determine what caused the devastating blaze.
A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: "At 3.03am today (Thursday), police were made aware of a fire at Dixy Chicken, Holmeside.
"Nobody was injured and inquiries are ongoing to determine the cause of the fire."